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James Dick, Texas Bluebonnets Grieg NocturneJames Dick, Texas Bluebonnets Grieg Nocturne

Texas Bluebonnets Grieg Nocturne - James Dick, piano (3:59)
Nocturne Op. 54/4 by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Recorded by pianist James Dick on January 10, 2004
Video and editing: Don Teague (March/April 2020)

Coronavirus AdvisoryCoronavirus Advisory

Round Top Festival Institute is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We have decided to postpone the summer music festival until next year, June-July 2021. We will continue to monitor the official health directions issued locally, statewide and nationally to determine when it is safe for Festival Hill to return to business as usual.

Currently, the Festival Hill Campus is closed for business. No tours are being offered. We encourge adherence to the current statewide stay-at-home order.

If you wish to book a wedding, please submit the online form on our wedding page to request more information. Your request will be answered when offices reopen.

Please return to our website for updates.

Updated April 8, 2020

2020 Round Top Festival Institute Update2020 Round Top Festival Institute Update

It is with heart-breaking sadness that the Round Top Festival Institute will not take place this summer. With, indeed, special thoughts on all this, as it was our 50th summer, however, we have decided to postpone the studies and performances of this year’s carefully planned repertoire until the beginning of June 2021, the actual 50th year, our golden anniversary.

We may resume our cultural and music events on Saturday August 22nd, 2020, which begins our August-to-April series.

Additional and consequential details regarding the Round Top Festival Institute will be communicated directly and personally to the 2020 accepted Young Artists and Faculty.

James Dick
Founder & Artistic Director

Note by Note - The Story of James Dick and Festival HillNote by Note - The Story of James Dick and Festival Hill

"For more than 40 years, James Dick has been quietly building a renowned musical mecca in Central Texas." The article, Note by Note, in the November/December 2017 issue of the Alcalde, official publication of the Texas Exes, goes on to say, "the original six acres that Dick bought have slowly grown into over 200 verdant acres. And then, of course, is the pièce de résistance: A grand, 1,000-seat concert hall with a steepled ceiling...

"Dick, BM '63, Life Member, Distinguished Alumnus, was raised on a farm in Kansas... After graduating from UT in 1963, and spending two Fulbright Fellowships at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Dick was beginning his concert career in full, picking up international music awards along the way... 'But I'd always loved to teach,' Dick says, 'I thought maybe there will be someplace we can find where we can invite some pianists to......

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