Canandaigua Lake Music Festival

PO Box 717
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: (585) 412-6353

Founded in 2005, the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival has quickly become an essential part of cultural life in the Greater Rochester area and has established a regional reputation for its concerts’ innovative programming, inviting atmosphere and musical excellence. Led by artistic directors Amy Sue Barston and Kevin Kumar, the Festival has showcased such world-class artists such as pianist Jon Nakamatsu, clarinetist Charles Neidich, as well as the world-class Borromeo, Corigliano, Orion, and Ying quartets. Since its inception, the Festival has been dedicated to engaging new audiences for classical music and to educational projects that introduce music to a new generation of audiences. Its pioneering Classical Blue Jeans concerts, which pair an interactive musical show with a barbecue dinner and traditional fiddling in a rustic setting, have been lauded by New Yorker critic Alex Ross. The festival was recently showcased in a national NPR broadcast, as part of America’s Music Festivals, hosted by Orli Shaham. The Festival’s comprehensive educational and outreach programs have included partnerships with numerous community organizations, including Canandaigua’s Wood Library, YMCA, Wegmans and Finger Lakes Community College, where the four subscription concerts have been held in its state-of-the-art concert hall.

Finger Lakes Community College
Jul 20, 2018

Fearlessly imaginative performers make their debuts in Canandaigua: Young accordion and bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro will perform a tangy selection of works by the great tango masters of yesterday... more

Finger Lakes Community College
Jul 22, 2018

Bandoneon phenom Julien Labro joins forces with Rochester Philharmonic principal bassist Cory Palmer, guitar master Kenneth Meyer, artistic-director/violinist Kevin Kumar, and pianist John Blacklow... more

Bristol Harbour Lodge & Golf Club
Jul 25, 2018

Hot-shot musicians, both local and international, join our charismatic co-artistic directors Kevin Kumar and Amy Barston in our signature event. Together, they will present an eclectic and delightful... more

Jul 26, 2018

Our star-studded line-up of musicians join forces to present a fun, interactive musical story-time that’s sure to be a hit with listeners of all ages. more

Finger Lakes Community College
Jul 27, 2018

“Sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad), the internationally successful Jasper Quartet comes to Canandaigua for the first time, with music from their latest album, “Unbound,”... more

Finger Lakes Community College
Jul 29, 2018

10-year-old cello sensation Katina Pantazopoulos, who makes her debut in Carnegie Hall this spring, joins her teacher, co-artistic director Amy Barston in Vivaldi’s stormy Concerto for Two Cellos;... more