Saturday February 11, 2017
Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith and Friends
August to April Series
Festival Concert Hall
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Valentine's Concert Poster

"It's All About Love!" - The World's Greatest Love Songs

Round Top Festival Institute's Annual Library Benefit and Concert
     with Dick Smith and Friends


The Valentine's Concert features Dick Smith, Ryan Smith, Charles Whitaker and Will Lynde, with a special performance by James Dick. For more details, see It's All About Love! press release below.

After the performance, join Festival Hill staff and friends on the Concert Hall stage for a reception with refreshing drinks and delectable Valentine treats from the Festival Hill Kitchen. You will have an opportunity to sponsor a book of your choice for the Adopt-a-Book Program and bid on special silent auction items. Your ticket enters you in a drawing for a chance to win fantastic door prizes.

Silent Auction Items:
  • Handmade Wearable Art, A Light Unto My Path
  • Gift Basket of Creamy Delights, Blue Bell Creameries
  • A Bountiful Basket of Goodies, Briannas Fine Salad Dressings
  • Sterling Silver Handcrafted Jewelry by Jimmie Luckey, Copper Shade Tree
  • Original Cooper Art , Gerald Tobola
  • Coffee Lover's Art for the Heart and Soul, Espressions Coffee and Art
  • A Selection of Valentine Cookies, Festival Hill Kitchen
  • A Gardener's Delight, Plants from the Festival Institute Gardens
  • Heart-felt Gifts to Go, Heritage Hallmark, La Grange
  • Nutcracker Treasure Tree of vintage and handmade items, Herring & Valtasaros Designs
  • Wearable Art, Born in Fire, Lyn Foley Lampwork Beads and Jewelry
  • Woven Heart of Native Vines, Mary Reeves
  • One-of-a-Kind Ceramic Art, Pat Johnson Art Studio
  • Jack Unruh Book - "Fish and Other Stories as my Pan Remembers Them," Red & White Gallery
  • Re-purposed with love - a basket of art and gifts, The Eklektik Peacock
  • Handmade Woven Scarf, The Warped Scarf

Adult $30. Student $10. General seating. Concert tickets will be held at will call on the West side of the concert hall. Doors open 1 hour prior to the concert.

Overnight accommodations are available on campus for this concert weekend.

This concert is sponsored in part by HEB.
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Office/Information/Room Reservations: 979-249-3129

Concert Hall Location: 248 Jaster Rd, Round Top, TX 78954
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Library Adopt-A-Book Program

The Adopt-A-Book Program allows you to sponsor the purchase of a book to be placed in the Library. A placard with your name and any special designation is placed inside the book. You may make the donation in honor or in memory of someone. Find more ways to adopt a book at Library Adopt-a-Book Program.



Press Release: It's All About Love! The World's Greatest Love Songs

by Pat Johnson

Dick Smith
Photo Credit: Scott Hill

Dick Smith performing during 2015 Round Top Festival Institute Library Benefit Concert
Round Top Festival Institute presents its annual library fundraiser and benefit concert with Dick Smith on Saturday, February 11th. Proceeds support the Festival Institute's Fine Arts and Humanities Library. Tickets for the Library Benefit and Valentine's Concert are $30 for Adults and $10 for Students.

The afternoon concert starting at 2:00 pm will feature pianist/singer Dick Smith who has spent a lifetime perfecting his interpretations of the world's greatest love songs. Joining Mr. Smith on stage will be his daughter Ryan Smith and a star-studded cast of guest artists including Charles Whitaker and Will Lynde.

This year's concert, It's all About Love!, is a special celebration of words and music of some of the most romantic songs ever written. You'll hear the music of Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and more. Bring someone you love to enjoy this Valentine's Day program of love songs. Two of the songs you will hear are "My Funny Valentine" and "How Deep is The Ocean."

James Dick
Photo Credit: Robert Baumgardner

James Dick
A special guest performance by James Dick, founder of Round Top Festival Institute, is also on the schedule. Mr. Dick will perform "Clair de lune," the third and most famous movement of Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy. Its name comes from Verlaine's poem Clair de Lune, "moonlight" in French.

After the performance you can join the Festival Hill staff and friends on the Concert Hall stage for a reception with refreshing drinks and delectable Valentine treats from the Festival Kitchen. The library fundraiser has long celebrated Abraham Lincoln's birthday with this event. Lincoln is connected to libraries and books through many historical images and literature. Chef John Reynolds and his staff will prepare Mary Todd Lincoln's famous sugar cookies and almond cake. Lincoln is quoted as saying, "Best cake I ever tasted in Kentucky."

During the reception there will be an opportunity to participate in the ever popular Adopt-a-Book program. This gives attendees a chance to view and purchase a book of your choice, ranging from $20 to $200, to be placed in the Round Top Festival Institute Fine Arts and Humanities Library. A special bookplate will be added in the book in memory of, or to honor, family and friends. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the books being acquired for the Institute's Fine Arts and Humanities Library.

A chance to bid on special silent auction items will cap off the afternoon events. Gift baskets from Blue Bell Creameries, Briannas Fine Salad Dressings and Heritage Hallmark of La Grange as well as arts and crafts from local artisans such as Lyn Foley and Gerald Tobola will give you instant gifts for your sweetheart. This year’s door prize will be a gift certificate from Bloomin' Junction, a La Grange florist, just in time for Valentine's Day.

"We would like to acknowledge the generous donation from Dick Smith for the concert and the many contributors to the silent auction," stated curator Lamar Lentz. "Funds from this event will be dedicated to support the Fine Arts and Humanities Library at Festival Hill, including archival and conservation supplies for our collections."

Please reserve early for this popular event. The Festival Institute is located on Texas Highway 237, 1/2 mile north of Round Top, Texas. Purchase your tickets online or call the office at 979-249-3129. To adopt-a-book, please call (979) 249-3129, donate online at Library Adopt-A-Book Program, or make your selection personally at the reception after the concert.

What a Day This Has Been
Dick Smith

How Deep is The Ocean from The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1932)
Dick Smith
Irving Berlin
How Do You Keep the Music Playing
Dick Smith

Cheek to Cheek
Ryan Smith

Come Rain or Come Shine
Ryan Smith

Someone to Watch Over Me
Ryan Smith

Just One of Those Things
Charles Whitaker

A Song For You
Charles Whitaker

Evergreen
Charles Whitaker

When I Fall in Love
Charles Whitaker

My Funny Valentine from Babes in Arms (1937)
Dick Smith / Charles Whitaker
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
I Think I Love You
Will Lynde

Ever Long
Will Lynde

Unchain My Heart
Will Lynde

When You're Gone
Will Lynde

Moments in the Woods
Ryan Smith

As Long as He Needs Me
Ryan Smith

Don't Cry for Me Argentina
Ryan Smith

Clair de lune (1905)
James Dick
Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)
I Remember You
Dick Smith