Performing Tours Go Dark, But CMAC Supporters Light The Way
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Thursday, May 28, 2020 — Every artist scheduled to play the Constellation Brands — Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) during its 2020 summer concert series has canceled or postponed their performance at the venue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the venue to forgo its season. Despite this, many of CMAC’s loyal sponsors and VIP box holders have donated their 2020 concert series financial support to the venue, while others have rolled their 2020 payments to the 2021 season.CMAC is rescheduling many 2020 show dates for next year while working to book a dynamic 2021 season, including Thomas Rhett, who has already rescheduled his performance at the venue to Aug. 22, 2021 and the Tedeschi Trucks Band who has rescheduled for June 30, 2021. All 2020 concert ticket purchasers will receive an email from Ticketmaster notifying them of their show’s 2020 status and available ticket options.
Over the coming months, CMAC’s staff will begin to plan and implement necessary health and safety measures, adhering to the New York state and industry guidelines as they unfold to ensure a safe 2021 CMAC season.
This effort along with ongoing operating expenses and facility maintenance are made possible by the generosity of many loyal CMAC VIP box holders and sponsors who are donating their 2020 financial commitment to the venue’s efforts. Those include:
American Packaging and the Schottland Family, Bank of America, Billitier Electric, Canandaigua National Bank, Century Mold, Chuck Wochele and Linda Dworaczyk, DelMonte Hotel Group, Dixon Schwabl, Dutch Summers and Sandy Parker, EagleDream Technologies, Flaum Management, Genesee Regional Bank, Hahn Automotive, the Juskiw Family – Trident Precision Manufacturing, LeChase Construction, LaBella Associates, LiDestri Food and Drink, M&T Bank, Merrill Lynch and Szczublewski Wealth Management, Nixon Peabody LLP, Payment Processing, the Pettinella Family, Polisseni Agency, Premium Mortgage, Power Management Group, Sedgwick Business Interiors, Walt and Barb Parkes, Wanda Polisseni, Wegmans Food Markets and the Wegman Family, WildStar Partners, and the venue’s namesake, Constellation Brands and the Sands Family, are among the earliest of these supporters.
“It’s no longer just about bringing great shows, top-notch security and hospitality to our patrons,” CMAC General Manager Chris Tuttle said. “It’s about ensuring the highest level of safety and sanitation at the venue, and we will do so by examining all aspects of our operations and making the necessary changes.”
The first show of this summer concert season was slated to kick off this Saturday, May 30, with Trey Anastasio Band and Jason Isbell. The season would have continued through Aug. 31, with a lineup of A-list performers, including Luke Combs, Brandi Carlile, Tim McGraw, KISS, Norah Jones and many more.
“It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you, especially coming off of the 2019 season, which was the most successful season CMAC has ever seen,” Friends of CMAC President Ginny Clark said. “This is the first time in our history that the stage will remain dark for the summer season, but we are confident that this is just a temporary intermission and that our 2021 season will top the success of 2019. We wish we could be together again this summer, and sadly this is not the case, but we want to express gratitude to our venue workers, volunteers, box holders, sponsors, community and fans for their patience and understanding as we work through these unprecedented times.”
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The Friends of Constellation Brands — Marvin Sands Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was formed with the mission to improve the quality of life in our community through culture, education and the arts. It is located on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College in Ontario County. CMAC was voted the Best Live Music Venue by Best of Rochester, #4 Mid-Atlantic Top Stop by VenuesNow and 2017 Academy of Country Music Large Venue of the Year nominee. For more information, visit cmacroc.wpengine.com.