The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announced their 2016-2017 season. At Kodak Hall, Director Ward Stare emceed the free event, while the orchestra played excerpts from the upcoming season.

Stare says they'll be playing some pieces that regular RPO audiences may be familiar with -- Mahler's Fifth symphony, Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, and the First Symphony by Brahms -- but he says they are also featuring an American music festival for three weekends in the fall, which will include pieces never before played by the orchestra.

Tax Cap Pinch Causing Concern

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Matt Ryan New York Now

Local governments and schools say they are struggling over a property tax cap that will allow what amounts to a zero percent increase in tax levies in the coming year. But Governor Cuomo, says they’ll  likely have to stick with those rules.

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP)  For the third consecutive year, President Barack Obama is proposing to cut a program that focuses on the Great Lakes' biggest environmental threats.

Obama's budget released Tuesday requests $250 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. That would be a reduction from the $300 million spent this year.

Will restaurants do away with tipping? That's already the case in much of Europe, and now some American restaurants are doing the same. Danny Meyer, famous restauranteur, recently said that tipping is a socialist practice, because the tips are pooled and the best servers don't get extra. He prefers higher prices on the menu, with no gratuity at all.

Is that better for servers, for diners, for everyone? Or is there still value in rewarding great service with bigger tips? Our panel looks at the future of tipping and dining out. Our guests:

  • Janine Wasley, owner, Avvino
  • Amanda Antinore, food writer, Democrat & Chronicle
  • Chris Grocki, director of operations, Char Steak and Lounge
  • Mark Potter, longtime local server

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has been offering some tough words for women who are supporting Bernie Sanders: she says there's "a special place in hell" for women who don't support other women. 

At Clinton rallies, that line sparks laughter and applause, but Albright insists she's serious. She says women should not be complacent, and feminists should support a woman's bid for the presidency. Is that fair? What do women who support Sanders think? What are their thoughts about Gloria Steinem's comments that suggest young women support Bernie Sanders just to meet men? Our panel debates these issues and more. Our guests:

  • Barbara LeSavoy, director and assistant professor of women and gender studies, SUNY Brockport
  • Zari Kamarei, supports Hillary Clinton
  • Mary Lupien, supports Bernie Sanders

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra played for hundreds of students from six different counties as part of their Annual Primary Education Concert.

It was Director Ward Stare's first of these kinds of concerts, and he engaged his first-to-third grade audience by making them a part of the presentation.

He taught the kids basic conducting gestures, before leading the musicians through a composition called The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, by Benjamin Britten.

Irondequoit Razes Zombie Home

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A crew from Frederico Construction and Demolition tore down a vacant home at 159 Montcalm Drive in Irondequoit this morning.

Town Supervisor Adam Bello says it's a result of some new town laws and Irondequoit getting tough on vacant property owners.

Bello says the town has a registry of vacant properties and a certification of standards for so-called zombie homes.

The Rush Henrietta school board will be reviewing tonight a proposal by the district to conduct an environmental assessment at Roth Middle School following the cancer diagnoses of two middle school employees, which were somewhat similar.

The district has declined to provide any details about those illnesses, but superintendent Ken Graham said they don't believe there is any reason for concern.

A fourth man charged in the Local Development Corporation bid-rigging scandal pleaded guilty in a Rochester courtroom on Tuesday.

Businessman Daniel Lynch is the final defendant in the multi-million dollar LDC scandal in Monroe County. A statement from the New York State Comptroller and Attorney General says that Lynch pleaded guilty to four felonies, including grand larceny and restraint of trade.


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