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Of all the natural majesties present in this blue rock of ours, none can quite compare to this visual of Kacey Musgraves

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Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's next concert features something their concerts usually don't. Music Director Troy Peters says that unexpected element in this Sunday's Tobin Center performance isn't even in the music itself.

"We're coming at it in kind of an unusual way. It's a multimedia presentation with video,” he said. They’re teaming up with a video artist to try and manifest in video what people are hearing in the music.

From Texas Standard:

During the 2016-2017 NBA season, the Houston Rockets shot just over 40 three-pointers a game. That was a record at the time, but it didn't last long. The next season, the Rockets shot more than 42 threes a game – a record that also lasted only one season. This past year, the Rockets broke their own record once again, shooting 45 threes a game.

As a kid, Enrique Olvera spent hours in his grandmother's bakery in Mexico City. He loved watching everyday ingredients like flour, sugar and eggs fuse into something entirely different.

For Olvera, even the simple act of baking a cake felt like magic.

He absorbed every detail as his grandmother gently coaxed masa into handmade tortillas. On Sundays, he joined his father in the kitchen, chopping onions and tomatoes for breakfasts of scrambled eggs and dry beef.

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The Lineage Trio take their inspiration from the members’ common love of guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Shelley Manne, who recorded five albums together under the name “The Poll Winners,” after the three men took top honors in the annual Downbeat magazine poll... five times! The Lineage Trio is quick to tell you they haven’t yet won any polls, themselves.

From Texas Standard:

Edward James Olmos occupies a special place in the hearts of Texans, primarily because he played Selena’s dad, Abraham Quintanilla, in Selena, the biopic about the singer's life. But Olmos’ film acting and directing career spans 40 years.

Jack Morgan | Texas Public Radio

Matthew Dunne is a music professor at UTSA, and after 27 years he plans to retire this summer. He has scheduled one last recital with past and present students this weekend.  

Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

The remnants of the former Hot Wells resort that attracted the rich and famous of its day is now part of a new South Side park. Hot Wells at Bexar County Park opened on Tuesday.

Chris Eudaily / TPR

Mark Richter, director of the Alamo City Opera, passed away over the weekend. He was leading the Opera into its seventh season.

Dave Creaney

The year was 1994, and a newspaper ad led to the formation of the long-running Western swing band Hot Club of Cowtown—in New York City. You might think it an odd place to hear the songs of Bob Wills, but to hear guitarist Whit Smith tell it, “God just put me there,” he says. Smith had answered the call from fiddler Elana James, and it wasn’t too much longer that bassist Jake Erwin joined.

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