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Church to host reknowned organ professor

Published: Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Bethany Arts Series will present a recital by organ Professor Craig Cramer of the University of Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 78 W. Crystal Lake Ave.

Cramer, who also is the university’s Artist in Residence, is nationally acclaimed and hold a doctor of musical arts degrees from Westminster Choir College and Eastman School of Music, two of the world’s leading music schools.

Before the concert – at 3 p.m. – music lovers of all ages are invited to a workshop where Cramer will be joined by the organ’s original builder, Halbert Gober, to discuss the Bethany Lutheran Church organ.

Gober curates more than 26 organs at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College, Ohio.

Cramer returns 10 years after his first concert, when Bethany Lutheran celebrated the installation of the Agnes Carlson Memorial Pipe Organ. The Carlson family gift enabled the purchase of the pipe organ, which was dedicated in 2002.

All performances of the Bethany Arts Series are free; a free-will offering will be collected.

For information, call the church at 815-459-2690.

– Northwest Herald

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