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Chart-topping German pop star Sebastian Krumbiegel in concert, September 22, 2009

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Sebastian Krumbiegel, the chart-topping German singer and musician now touring the East Coast of the U.S., will perform at Vassar College on Tuesday, September 22. The concert, co-sponsored by the German Studies Department and the Department of Music, is free and open to the public and will begin at 7pm in the Villard Room (located on the second floor of the College Center, in Vassar’s historic Main Building).

Krumbiegel is a member of the pop band Die Prinzen (The Princes), one of the most popular bands in Germany. Die Prinzen has sold more than five million recordings, with 14 gold and six platinum records total and which has toured in Germany, Republic of Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg City.

“Krumbiegel is part of the post-new-German wave, from the 80’s, and still performs in this tradition, producing German-speaking pop music,” said Peggy Piesche, a visiting instructor of the German Studies Department. She added that Krumbiegel’s songs also have a “very open but also subtle irony on German contemporary politics.”

According to Jeffrey Schneider, associate professor and chair of the German Studies Department, German teachers and classes in local high schools along with German faculty at local colleges are invited to the concert.  “We also hope that a lot of Germans who now live and work in the Hudson Valley will also want to attend,” Schneider stated.

Born in 1966 in Leipzig, Germany, Sebastian Krumbiegel with his classmate Wolfgang Lenk founded a band named Phoenix 1981, while attending the Thomasschule Leipzig, a boarding school in Germany that has taught acclaimed composers such as Richard Wagner and Carl Philip Emanuel Bach.

While studying at Musikhochschule Leipzig (Leipzig Music Conservatory), Krumbiegel founded the band Die Herzbuben, whose members were Wolfgang Lenk, Jens Sembdner, and Henri Schmidt. The name of this band was eventually changed to “Die Prinzen” Tobias Künzel joined the group later on in 1991. The band has released 19 albums and a greater number of singles since 1991.

In addition to work with Die Prinzen, the German musician released his first solo album Krumbiegel – Kamma mache nix in 1998. His second solo album Geradeaus abgebogen was released in 2004. Krumbiegel’s songs reflect the superior classical voice training of the musician, although his style is pop rock. He may also be familiar to audiences from the movie Mulan (Walt Disney Feature animation, 1998), when he sang the part of Chien-Po, or as Axel in the 2005 film Max und Moritz Reloaded.

Krumbiegel’s East Coast tour is made possible by Kulturbuero.US, the German Consulate in New York, The Goethe Institute Boston, AATG, and the Gershwin Hotel in Manhattan.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available online at www.vassar.edu/directions.


Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, September 14, 2009