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Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

3355 Marvin Sands Drive

History of CMAC

In 1982, the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center was founded and in 1983 it opened on the Finger Lakes Community College campus by Marvin Sands, founder of Canandaigua Wine Company, and other community leaders. Marvin founded CMAC because he realized the important role that arts and culture play in the quality of the community.

In early 2005, a group of community leaders met with Richard Sands, Chairman of Constellation Brands, and Rob Sands, President & CEO of Constellation Brands, to discuss how their leadership, along with others in the community might pull together in continuing Marvin’s dream and ensuring that the center would not ‘go dark.’

It was then that Constellation took a leadership role in forming the Friends of CMAC, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. This group worked together to keep the center’s ‘lights on.’ The Friends of CMAC are local companies, organizations, individuals and public officials who have invested their time, talent, and expertise in keeping the music alive in our region.

Newly renovated in 2006, this $13.5 million facility is the result of a privately-funded undertaking through the sale of 54 VIP boxes. Constellation Brands secured the naming rights. This state-of-the-art facility nurtures the arts for our community and provides the ultimate venue for music and entertainment. CMAC features 5,000 covered seats and lawn seating for up to 10,000 guests.

In recent years, CMAC has attracted sold out shows and top-notch musical performers such as: Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons, Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg, The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. CMAC also accommodates musical theatre, dance, ballet and children’s activities in addition to being the summer home of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.


Cheryl D

Saturday, July 14, 2018
I have been going to at least one show per season for many years. I love sitting on the lawn, and watching the sunset. This year, I had a temporary handicap. We got there extra early. I had a hard time negotiating the venue. They have one golf cart driver with 5 seats on it to take handicapped folks from the parking lot. They need at least one more cart running people, in a continuous loop. We had to wait a long time, and were almost late for the opening act. There's nowhere to sit while waiting, other than a guardrail. Benches would be good. Once inside and up a few steps, we took the handicapped ramp, which was much easier. The beverage prices are sky high--$4 for a bottle of water; $9 and up for beer. You used to be able to bring in one sealed plastic bottle of water, but apparently not any more. Near dusk as the main act came on, we witnessed many young people jumping the perimeter fences in the woods to get in. I spoke to security, which was walking around in the crowd, but they seemed to shrug it off.

Alexander Riccio

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
This place is beautiful. From the nice paths and layered setup, you can exit to the food and drinks area easily and get back to your seats without missing too much. The truck stands were delicious! Especially the meat truck with sirloin steak sandwich! The sound was good as well and you get a good view even from the middle to back seats.

John Manser

Friday, July 13, 2018
$12 - $16 for a beer...greedy! We live in the area and take pride in our beautiful, laid back community. But, every single guest we invite from out of town can't believe that, after paying for a ticket and $10+ to park, you get slammed with outrageous beer prices. Craft beer doesn't mean "screw me" out of our hard-earned money. CMAC is a 5 star venue, but get real with your beer prices.

Alan Dewey

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Used to Love it. Like it less now. Great venue. CMAC has taken over almost all of the vending. No more Dinosaur BBQ. The food now looks like carnival grade with carnival prices. Beer selection is okay, bring lots of cash. $4 bottle of water.

John Twist

Friday, July 13, 2018
Wonderful place. You over look the lake, well at a distance. Sweet summer breezes off the lake. The venue is pretty special too. Great acts lately.

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