Saturday February 6, 2016
Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith and Friends
Dick Smith and Friends
with special guest James Dick, piano
August to April Series
Festival Concert Hall
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gershwin Concert Poster
For the love of GERSHWIN!  with special guest, James Dick

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

A Gershwin Tribute featuring Dick Smith, Charles Whitaker, Will Lynde and Bonnye Karger with a special performance by James Dick.  For more details, see For the Love of GERSHWIN! 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 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.

A partial list of silent auction items:
  • Handmade Heart Quilt Block Greeting Cards, A Light Unto My Path
  • A Bountiful Basket of Goodies, Briannas Fine Salad Dressings
  • Wood Frame of Cherry, copper crafted frog and repousse leaf, Leslie Ravey, Gerald Tobola, and Jim Luckey
  • A Selection of Favorite Valentine Cookies, Festival Hill Kitchen
  • A Gardener's Delight, Plants from the Festival Institute Gardens
  • A Gift Basket for a Romantic Evening, James Dick and Friends of Festival Hill
  • Heart-felt Gifts to Go, Heritage Hallmark
  • Woven Heart of Native Vines, Mary Reeves
  • Handmade Ceramic Choir of Angels, Pat Johnson Art Studio
  • One of a kind "tie"-dyed Scarf, A Light Unto My Path
  • Wearable art, born in fire, Lyn Foley Lampwork Beads and Jewelry
  • Something "Gypsy-fied", Junk Gypsy Company
  • Handmade tooled leather smart phone case, A Light Unto My Path
  • Timeless, authentic, soulful, beautiful and playful gifts, Lark and Scattered Light Jewelry
  • Coffee lover's art for the heart and soul, Espressions Coffee and Art
  • Treasures for the garden and your bird friends, Nancy Braus and Shirley's Antiques and Accents

Click "View Prices and Purchase" above to purchase tickets. General seating. Concert tickets will be held at the will call table on the West side of the concert hall. Doors open 1 hour prior to the concert. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Overnight accommodations are available on campus for this concert weekend.

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: For the Love of GERSHWIN!

Special Valentine's Day Library Benefit and Concert at Festival Hill to Highlight Gershwin Brothers by Pat Johnson

Dick Smith
Photo Credit: Scott Hill

Dick Smith performing during 2015 Round Top Festival Institute Library Benefit Concert
This year's Valentines Concert performed by Dick Smith at the Round Top Festival Institute will be an all-Gershwin tribute. George and Ira Gershwin will always be remembered as the songwriting team whose compositions and lyrics are linked forever with the Jazz Age in America, composing over two dozen scores for Broadway and Hollywood. Their now classic opera, Porgy and Bess, is performed in opera houses and theatres throughout the world. George Gershwin attained great success in the concert arena as a piano virtuoso and composer of such celebrated works as "Rhapsody In Blue", "An American In Paris", and the "Concerto In F".

The "For the Love of Gershwin" concert on Saturday, February 6th benefits the Festival Institute's Fine Arts and Humanities Library. Tickets for the Library Benefit and Concert are $25 for Adults and $10 for students.

Photo Credit: Scott Hill

Standing ovation for 2015 Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith and Friends. Left to right: Dick Smith, Bonnye Karger on piano, Ryan Smith, Becky Knox DeWitt, and Charles Whitaker
The afternoon concert starting at 2:00 pm will feature pianist/singer Dick Smith. Dick has spent a lifetime perfecting his interpretations of the music of America's greatest composers. Joining Mr. Smith on stage will be a star studded cast of guest artists including Charles Whitaker and Will Lynde. Bonnye Karger from La Grange will also grace the stage for several piano numbers.

Dick Smith promises several songs from the Gershwins' movie work to be on the program. They include "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise", "A Foggy Day", "Our Love is Here to Stay", "Summertime" and more.

A very special performance is added this year with James Dick, founder of Round Top Festival Institute. Mr. Dick will be performing the Three Preludes. The Three Preludes are short piano pieces by George Gershwin, which were first performed by the composer at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York in 1926. Each prelude is a well-known example of early-20th-century American classical music, as influenced by jazz.

James Dick
Photo Credit: Robert Baumgardner

James Dick
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. Chef John Reynolds has several new finger sandwiches and a special Valentine punch on this year's menu.

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 dollars, to be placed in the 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 good chance to see the books being acquired for the Festival Institute Fine Arts and Humanities Library.

Round Top Festival Institute has long been active in collecting books of similar interests with the intent to establish a world class research, study and reference library. Most note-worthy is the Dr. Dorman and Ruth Carolyn Winfrey Collection, which contains many first edition J. Frank Dobie and Walter Prescott Webb books.

The Library and Museum Collections also houses the books of noted preservationists and collectors, Faith Bybee and her husband, Charles, who are best known for forming the Texas Pioneer Arts Foundation and Henkle Square in Round Top. The extensive collection traces the Bybee's interest in all things antique including historic tools and their uses, American silver and Federal furniture.

"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 Arts and Humanities Library at Festival Hill, including archival and conservation supplies for our collections."

A chance to bid on special silent auction items will cap off the afternoon events. Gift baskets from Briannas Fine Salad Dressings and Heritage Hallmark, 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. The wonderfully eclectic LARK on the square in Round Top has promised a playful Valentine-inspired gift box. New to the silent auction items will be something "Gypsy-fied" from the world famous Junk Gypsy Company. This year's door prize will be a copy of the book, Houston Grand Opera at Fifty, published by Herring Press.

Please reserve early for this popular event. The Festival Institute is located on Texas Highway 237, 1/2 mile north of Round Top, Texas. If attending purchase your tickets online at festivalhill.org. 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.

Stairway to Paradise from Scandals (1922)
Dick Smith
George Gershwin
A Foggy Day from Damsel in Distress (1937)
Dick Smith
George and Ira Gershwin
S’wonderful from Funny Face (1927)
Charles Whitaker
George and Ira Gershwin
But Not for Me from Girl Crazy (1930)
Charles Whitaker
George and Ira Gershwin
I’ve Got a Crush on You from Treasure Girl and Strike up the Band (1928 and 1930)
Charles Whitaker
George and Ira Gershwin
Bidin' My Time from Girl Crazy (1930)
Will Lynde
George and Ira Gershwin
Someone to Watch Over Me from Oh, Kay! (1926)
Will Lynde
George and Ira Gershwin
Summertime from Porgy and Bess (1934)
Will Lynde
George Gershwin, lyrics by DuBose Heyward
Rialto Ripples (1917)
Bonnye Karger
George Gershwin
I Got Rhythm/Fascinating Rhythm from Girl Crazy / Lady Be Good (1930/1924)
Bonnye Karger
George and Ira Gershwin
They Can’t Take That Away From Me from Shall We Dance (1937)
Charles Whitaker
George and Ira Gershwin
Three Preludes (1926)
James Dick
George Gershwin
Love is Here to Stay from The Goldwyn Follies and American in Paris (1938 and 1951)
Dick Smith
George and Ira Gershwin