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Group of Friends Relaxing in the ConservatoryThe Canopy Sessions

in the Bolz Conservatory

Held on the first Fridays of February, March, and April

5 - 7 p.m

Brand New at the Gardens!

Enjoy LIVE music performed from the tropical canopy of the Bolz Conservatory! All proceeds benefit the Gardens.


Event Guidelines

$5 admission at the door - Cash Only.

Some things to keep in mind before you arrive:

  • Plan to enjoy the live music while strolling the tropical Conservatory. There is limited bench seating available. No carry-in chairs allowed.
  • A bar station will be available inside the Conservatory. The bar accepts cash and cards.
  • Front doors open at 4:30 p.m. - Conservatory doors open at 5 p.m.
  • First-come, first served - the maximum number of visitors allowed in the Conservatory will be continuously admitted as visitors cycle out.
  • Arrive with your whole party - line jumping is not permitted.
  • When entering the building you'll be notified if you will be immediately admitted into the Conservatory or directed into the waiting line.


Friday, February 7, 2020

5 - 7 p.m.

Ancora String Quartet

Classical String Quartet

Ancora String Quartet

The Ancora String Quartet, founded in 2000, is based in Madison, Wisconsin. The members have earned degrees from some of the leading music schools in the country. The four players have well-established individual musical careers in southeast Wisconsin as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral players. The Ancora String Quartet has performed numerous recitals in Madison and in surrounding cities at the First Unitarian Society, Oakwood West, Pres House, and at UW-Whitewater's Light Recital Hall, Skaalen House in Stoughton, and on the 'Sunday Afternoon Live' series at the Chazen Art Museum, which is broadcast live statewide.


Friday, March 6, 2020

5 - 7 p.m.

B~Free & Quinten Farr

Jazz/Soul Fusion

B~Free & Quinten Farr

Multi-faceted husband and wife combo B~Free & Quinten Farr come to Olbrich Gardens' Canopy Sessions for a joint performance! As fellow musicians, band leaders, educators & pinnacle members of the Milwaukee music scene, the pair brings their savvy technique and musical experience to the venue by way of flute, voice, piano & loops. With an array of jazz standards, covers & originals steeped in several genres, the duo is sure to deliver an array of soulful and jazzy sounds.


Friday, April 3, 2020

5 - 7 p.m.

Panchromatic Steel

Island Music, Jazz, & Hits, played on steeldrums

Panchromatic Steel is a steeldrum band homegrown in Madison, Wisconsin that plays authentic island calypso, jazz, classical and familiar pop/rock. Its music brightens any day, transports listeners to their happiest moments in the sun, and threads the needle by being creative and artful while still being fun, danceable and accessible to virtually everyone.


2020 Presenting Sponsor - Thank yoU!

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Rainforest Rhythms | Friday, January 24

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, January 24

The Canopy Sessions | Friday, February 7

Rainforest Rhythms | Saturday, February 8

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, February 28

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719