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Andrei Strizek is a doctoral musicology student at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. He holds an assistantship at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, in the Events office, where he advances all of the School of Music concerts and several Marquee performances.

Andrei is an active performer, and is in demand as a music director and keyboardist for many musical theatre productions.

He earned his Bachelor's of Music Education from UW-Eau Claire in 2005, after studying with Dr Jerry Young, Dr Mark Heidel, Dr Randal Dickerson, and Dr Donald Patterson, and his Master's of Music Education from the University of Illinois in 2011.

He holds a wide range of interests, from musical theatre to jazz and popular music history to aesthetics, from the use of technology in education to audience development.

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Compared to What - Dee Dee Bridgewater

By Alexandra Spürk (Alexi) (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

One of the things I like about YouTube is its suggested viewing list. I don't even remember what I was watching yesterday when I saw the following suggested to me: the Vietnam-era protest song "Compared to What" in a great video by Dee Dee Bridgewater.

It's probably better-known in the version by Les McCann, and was also recorded by Roberta Flack and more recently by John Legend and the Roots, but I like this version for the story told through the mix of 2D and 3D pictures. And, of course, Ms Bridgewater is amazing.

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