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Alumnus lectures, performs in Beijing and is guest on WONC

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Mike Krieglstein ’10
Mike Krieglstein ’10

Musician, world traveler and 2010 alumnus Mike Krieglstein will be the featured guest artist Feb. 7 as part of WONC’s Tuesday music night series. Listen to WONC-FM 89.1 from 6 to 8 p.m. to hear a live interview with Krieglstein about his recent adventures in China where he gave a lecture and performed. After the radio interview, Krieglstein will give a free live concert at 8 p.m. in the basement of the Rolland Center Boilerhouse Café.

A transfer student, Krieglstein graduated with a music education degree and minor in secondary education. He played upright bass during college, but plays all instruments and focused on guitar and voice during his travels to China in November 2011.

Krieglstein took the trip to China with a musician friend and his father, a retired philosophy professor who gives lectures as a Fulbright Scholar. His dad was scheduled to give a lecture about art between cultures at Beijing International Studies University (BISU) and brought Krieglstein along to give a pre-lecture on art and aesthetics and the importance of music. The lectures were part of a class and open to the public.

“I explained to the Chinese students how important art is. This may seem obvious, but the Chinese tend toward teaching textile skills rather than exploring individual creativity,” says Krieglstein. “In fact, this school had never had a musician like me in a classroom setting.”

Krieglstein says part of his pre-lecture included playing and singing two songs, including “Country Roads,” to help students understand art, its emotional content and place in culture and emotions. “Using music and art as a form of therapy seemed like a novel concept to them,” he says. He also noted that students aren’t permitted to ask their teachers questions, but he invited them to ask questions and students responded. He also invited those in his class to attend his shows in Beijing where he and his musician friend were performing.

“We performed four shows in Beijing in different clubs or live houses as they call them. My Chinese friend set these up. China has a very vibrant music scene with a lot of internationals attending and performing.”

To learn more about Krieglstein visit A resident of Glen Ellyn, he currently teaches private lessons while continuing to travel. His aim is to promote global music and foster its ability to break cultural barriers and connect people. He and his dad were invited back to BISU in May 2012 to give another dual lecture.