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They call themselves the “Black Tie Cacti”, and they’re the nine winners of the Cactus Pear Music Festival’s Young Artists Program for 2017. The musicians range  from 16 to 18 years old, auditioned for the part back in April of this year and were chosen to perform an hour and a half program for this year’s festival. Not only is this a great opportunity for the people of San Antonio to enjoy young talent, but it is also a stepping stone for these young musicians into a lifetime of music.

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Youth Orchestras of San Antonio tackles a fun project, which features more than just music. 

Most people love to sing, but in Estonia, they take their singing very seriously. At the Estonian Song Festivals, for example, over 30 thousand singers routinely show up to form one gigantic chorus. Among the Baltic country's smaller, professional vocal ensembles, the Grammy-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is considered one of the world's best. When the group releases a new album, fans of choral music listen up.

The U.S. took in more than 96,000 refugees last year, and many were children. Some of those children are finishing their first year in American schools.

Diane Orson from Here & Now contributor WNPR reports on an after-school arts program that’s partnered with a local resettlement agency to create a special violin class for some of the 270 young refugees living in New Haven, Connecticut.

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