Saturday February 9, 2019
Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith & Family
Dick Smith, Arden Johnson, Will Lynde,
J. Gary Smith, Ryan Smith, Mary Ann Hatfield
August to April Series
Festival Concert Hall
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

2019 Valentines Concert
Round Top Festival Institute's Annual Bybee Library Fundraiser
and Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith and Family

Broadway Memories
Dedicated to Charles Whitaker

At 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 9, Festival Hill presents an afternoon of Show Tunes and Love... Broadway Memories starring Dick Smith. Joining Mr. Smith on stage will be Dick's daughter Ryan Smith and brother J. Gary Smith. Also in the "family" are Arden Johnson and Will Lynde. The benefit concert is being dedicated to Charles Whitaker, friend of Festival Hill and much-loved performer during past Valentine's Concert performances. See Dedication below.

J. Gary Smith has decades of experience in the music recording business in Nashville and has developed some of the industry's finest talent. Smith took Andy Griggs to #1 twice on the charts managing and producing his album "You Won't Ever be Lonely." J. Gary has worked with a remarkable list of names including legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Reed, Kevin Sharp, John Rich, The Little River Band, Chalee Tennison, Carolina Rain and the list goes on.

Concert Program

This is All I Ask / Gordon Jenkins - Dick

And Then it Started to Rain / Dick Smith original - Dick

Right Hand Man / Something Rotten - Ryan

In Buddy’s Eyes / Follies - Ryan

Great Balls of Fire / Million Dollar Quartet - Gary

Somewhere / West Side Story - Gary

Someone to Watch Over Me / Crazy for You - Will

Until There Was You / The Music Man - Will & Arden

Nothing is Too Wonderful to be True / Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Arden

The Promise / Dick Smith - Dick

I’m Falling in Love Again / Dick Smith - Dick

On the Street Where You Live / My Fair Lady - Arden

Not While I’m Around / Sweeny Todd - Will

Burn / Hamilton - Ryan

Everybody Loves Louis / Sunday in the Park with George - Ryan

Climb Every Mountain / The Sound of Music - Gary

Love Me Tender / All Shook Up - Gary & Will

Once in a Lifetime / Stop the World I Want to Get Off - Dick

At 3:00 PM, following the one-hour benefit 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. Adopt a book of your choice to be placed in the Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library as part of the Adopt-a-Book Program. Bid on special silent auction items. Your ticket enters you in a drawing for a chance to win fantastic door prizes.

Silent Auction Items (partial list):
  • Lovingly Quilted Vest with Handcrafted Button, A Light Unto My Path
  • Reclaimed Longleaf Pine Wine Shelf, A Light Unto My Path
  • Two Original Photos of Festival Hill, Bill Hezlep
  • For the Love of Baseball, New York Yankee Memorabilia, Dick Bily
  • Gift Basket of Creamy Delights, Blue Bell Creameries
  • A Bountiful Basket of Goodies, Briannas Fine Salad Dressings
  • Original Copper Art designed by Gerald Tobola, Copper Shade Tree
  • Coffee Lover's Art for the Heart and Soul, Espressions Coffee and Art
  • A Selection of Favorite Valentine Cookies, Festival Hill Kitchen
  • A Gardener's Delight, Plants from Henry Flowers
  • A Sweet Tussy Mussy and Vase, Pat Garrett and Mary Reeves
  • A Basket of Love from Fayetteville, The Store at The Grand Fayette Hotel
  • Valentine Treat for the Wine Drinker, Wine Bar at The Grand Fayette Hotel
  • Heart-felt Gifts to Go, Heritage Hallmark, La Grange
  • Unforgettable Jewelry for Remarkable Women, Lyn Foley Jewelry
  • St. Francis and his Birds, Pat Johnson Art Studio
  • Etched Glass Ornaments to Remember Festival Hill, Diane Tovey/The Glass Anvil

2015 Valentine's Concert Reception
Library Benefit Reception on Concert Hall Stage
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    Google Map    #6 on Campus Map


Remembering Charles Whitaker by Dick Smith

"I remember the first time I saw Charles Whitaker. It was on the stage at the University of Houston during a pep rally sketch. Charlie walked out in full cowboy get up, wearing an over-sized western hat and speaking like a cowboy who just got off the bus. He made me laugh and I knew we were going to be friends. We would become best friends for over 60 years. 'Whit' (as I called him) and I both loved humor and music. He was a natural voice talent, working in radio from his early days on the college radio station, to the highest levels in New York City at WPIX- FM. 'Whit' loved to sing and would become a pretty good singer in his own right. A few years ago, I asked Whit to join me in performing at my annual Valentine's Day library benefit concert at Festival Hill. It was like old times. We both sang the songs we loved, and we discovered the Festival Hill audience did as well. Sadly, last December, time caught up with Charles Whitaker and he was taken home to be with the Lord. He will be greatly missed. This year's Valentine's Day concert is dedicated to our old friend Charles Whitaker. Great voice talent, good singer, and funny guy."

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.

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