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Celil Refik Kaya Returns to Festival Hill January 25Celil Refik Kaya Returns to Festival Hill January 25

Celil Refik Kaya returns to the Festival Concert Hall stage on January 25 to give another stunning classical guitar performance as his skillful fingers expertly pluck and strum the strings of his guitar in the acoustically-perfect Festival Concert Hall. The program includes works by Joaquin Rodrigo, Agustin Barrios Mangoré and others; and Kaya's own composition, Five Turkish Folk Dances.

Purchase your tickets now to reserve your seat and enjoy this unique musical experience. You may purchase your tickets online, by phone at 979-249-3129 or at the door. You may also buy a preconcert lunch ($24) when you buy your tickets in advance. Adult $25. Student $10. General seating.

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ValentineValentine's Concert and Bybee Library Fundraiser at Festival Hill February 8

Dick Smith Family and Friends will perform during the Annual Bybee Library Fundraiser and Benefit Concert at Festival Hill on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Festival Concert Hall featuring An Afternoon of Love Songs. Adult $30. Student $10.

At 3 PM, following the concert, 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.

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Festival Hill Turns 50 This YearFestival Hill Turns 50 This Year

Below is a reprint of a news article, "Festival Hill Turns 50 This Year," written by H.H. Howze, published in the Fayette County Record, La Grange, Texas on January 10, 2020.

Fayette County Record News Article

Festival Hill in Round Top turns 50 years old this year, but founder James Dick says that when he began his signature project, "I never ever thought about a 50th anniversary."

His main thought, he said Tuesday after lunch at the Menke House dining room, "was to have a place to teach in the summer." The young prodigy had finished studying in Europe and was starting his concert career.

He had students back home in Hutchinson, Kansas when he was 15 years old and again when he was a piano student at the University of Texas at Austin.

Another thing he never dreamt about was the number of graduates of......

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Registration is Open for the Annual Herbal ForumRegistration is Open for the Annual Herbal Forum

Register now for the 25th Annual Herbal Forum. Scheduled for March 20 & 21, the forum will focus on Mexican Marigold. Presenters include Susan Belsinger, Gayle Engels, Linda Franzo, Billi Parus, Autumn Schulze and Tina Marie Wilcox.

The two-day annual plant sale and gift shop will be open.

Four workshops are being offered on Friday, March 20, starting at 1:00 pm and again at 3:30 pm. Forum registration is required.

Click here to view Herbal Forum brochure.

Register online or call the Institute office at 979-249-3129.

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50th Anniversary Gala - A Golden Jubilee of Music - April 18, 202050th Anniversary Gala - A Golden Jubilee of Music - April 18, 2020

Save the Date for Round Top Festival Institute's 50th Anniversary Gala, slated for Saturday, April 18, 2020 on the Festival Hill campus. Join us as we celebrate 50 years of excellence in art education and music while we set the stage for the future of Round Top Festival Institute.

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2019-2020 August-to-April Concert Series2019-2020 August-to-April Concert Series

The 2019-2020 August-to-April Concert Series Events are listed below. Tickets are available online or by calling the Institute office at 979-249-3129. Adult $25-$30. Student $10.

Overnight accommodations are available on concert weekends. Call the office at 979-249-3129 or email reservations@festivalhill.org to reserve a room.


   - Celil Refik Kaya, Guitar, Saturday, January 25, 2020, 3:00 PM, Concert Hall
        Lunch at 12:45 PM (by reservation only)

   - Valentine's Concert/Library Fundraiser, Saturday, February 8, 2020, 2:00 PM, Concert Hall
        Dick Smith, Family and Friends Benefit......

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Round Top Festival Institute, the sole project of The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts, admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and scholarship programs. This notice is published pursuant to IRS Revenue Procedure 2019-22.