ABOUT CMAC

1983

The History of CMAC

In 1983 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 (Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center) because he realized the important role that arts and culture play in the quality of the community.

2005

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.’

2005

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.’

NEWLY RENOWNED

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.

2017

Top Notch Performers

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, Tom Petty 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.

ROCK ON RESPONSIBLY

Just Water partnership

JUST boxed water is made up of 82% renewable resources and is 100% recyclable. It is responsibly sourced, produced and packaged for improved environmental and community impact. Who is JUST?

IMPACT EARTH ZERO WASTE SOLUTIONS

CMAC and locally-based, ImpactEarth, have partnered up to provide Zero Waste Solutions at CMAC to sort and divert waste in real time at the venue. This initiative is a true partnership not only with CMAC and ImpactEarth, but with FLCC student volunteers, local composter, Organix Green Industries, and local recycling company Can Kings.

Designated Drivers

CMAC encourages our patrons to enjoy the show and rock on responsibly by offering designated drivers a complimentary water as they enter the venue. The Rock On Responsibly tent is located near the general entrance.

TIP DONATIONS

Volunteers staff the wine and beer tents located on the main concession plaza each season and donate the dollars raised from tips to local not for profits. Over the past five years, over $50,000 has been donated to Thompson Health and the Canandaigua YMCA youth programs.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

President and Executive Director – Virginia (Ginny) A. Clark
Vice President – Bethany DiSanto
Vice President – George Hamlin IV
Vice President – Ginny Ryan
Secretary – Barbara LaVerdi
Treasurer – Oksana (Sandy) Dominach

DIRECTORS

Richard Sands (Chairman of the Board)
Virginia (Ginny) A. Clark
Sarah Axelrod
Lauren Dixon
Oksana (Sandy) Dominach
Asher Flaum
Bill Goodrich
George W. Hamlin, IV
Tim Jones

Mary Krause
Diana Lauria
James A. Locke III, ESQ.
Dr. Robert Nye
Ginny Ryan
Phil H. Yawman