Moonlight in the Gardens featuring the Olsen Strings

The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens August Moonlight in the Gardens features Olsen Strings a string trio with a wide repertoire of Classical, Pop, and Sacred music. The concert begins at 7:30 on Friday, May 1. Gates are open at 7:00 and will remain open for the public until 10:00. Cost for the event is $5.00 per person.

Olsen Strings
The Olsen Strings

Ruston based Olsen Strings is composed of  three sisters who love to play music together. They played at numerous venues and events in the Tampa area prior to moving to Louisiana in 2012. Since then they have  played in a wonderful variety of settings for weddings, receptions and open house events, banquets, Christmas gatherings and ladies’ teas. Among these events are the Ruston Lincoln Parish Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala, 2014 and 2015, Life Choices of North Louisiana Annual Fundraising Banquet 2014, 2015, New Year’s Eve at The Shreveport Club, 2013, and the North Central Louisiana Arts Council Christmas Arts Tour, 2013 in downtown Ruston, and the Christmas at the Biedenharn event 2014.

First violin is played by Leah, a 19 year old sophomore at Louisiana Tech. Catherine plays second violin. She is 17 and a senior at Ruston High School. Viola is Sophie’s instrument. She is a freshman at RHS and is 15 years old.

The young women continually working to keep their repertoire fresh and to maintain a high level of  performance.

Elsong Gardens
Elsong Gardens at Night

You don’t have to attend the concert to enjoy Coke Floats or stroll the grounds. After the music stops, the gardens remain open until 10:00pm for concert attendees and others. Museum Director Ralph Calhoun says Moonlight nights are one of his favorite events. “The garden takes on such a different personality when the full moon shines upon it. Shadows are deeper and many pale flowers take on a unique hue when illuminated by the moon.  There is such a different feel when the paths are lit and the fountains are glowing.” Even the museum’s most frequent visitors will appreciate seeing it at night. The crepe myrtles and hydrangeas alone take on a completely different look.

Enjoy a Coke Float during Moonlight in the Garden
Enjoy a Coke Float during Moonlight in the Garden

Coke floats are also a popular part of many Moonlight nights at the Biedenharn. For more information, visit or call 318-387-5691.

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