Saturday February 11, 2023
Valentine's Concert / Library Fundraiser
The Art of the American Song: A tribute to Dick Smith
August to April Series
Festival Concert Hall
2:00 PM


It's that time of year when love is in the air and the annual Valentine's Library Benefit Concert for Round Top Festival Institute is happening. This year it will be The Art of the American Song: A Tribute to Dick Smith. The concert starting at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2023 benefits the Festival Institute's Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library and Study Center. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Festival office at 979-249-3129.

Carrying on in his uncle Dick Smith's footsteps and musical tradition, Will Lynde from Nashville will be performing along with a star-studded cast of family members to honor Smith's memory. Dick's daughter, Ryan Smith will also be performing. Plenty of love songs will be on the program including "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra, a Stephen Sondheim song from Sweeney Todd, and "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys.

The Round Top Festival Institute also gratefully acknowledges the 19 years of musical performances donated by Dick Smith and family to support the Festival Institute Library. The funds received through these concerts have tremendously impacted the growth and maintenance of the Library collections

There will be an opportunity to participate in the ever popular Adopt-a-Book program. This gives attendees a chance to view and donate a book of your choice, ranging from $20 to $1000 dollars, to be placed in The Bybee Library at Festival Hill. Tip: Give a lasting and meaningful Valentine gift to your significant other by adopting a book in her/his honor. A special bookplate will be added in the book in memory of someone, in honor of someone, to mark a special occasion or anniversary or just to support the Library. It is a good chance to see the books being acquired for the Bybee Library at Festival Hill.

The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library is a regional repository with a dedicated emphasis on music, and the arts and humanities. Round Top Festival Institute has long been active in collecting books on Texas history, Fayette County, art, architecture, and decorative arts with the intent to establish a world class research, study, and reference library. It actively collects and preserves rare books, manuscripts, photographs, archival materials, recordings, works of art and houses the personal library of Texas historian and former Texas State Librarian, Dr. Dorman Winfrey and The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection. The library is by appointment only. You can access the Library book catalog of over 11,000 volumes online at

Support the Library with you monetary donation or the adopt-a-book program by attending this historic concert. To donate go to and specify Library. For more information, contact Lamar Lentz, Library and Museum Collections Curator, at or call the Institute office at 979-249-3129 Ext. 20 and leave a message.

Performers are Will Lynde, Ryan Smith, Gary Smith, and Justin Fox,


Come Rain or Come Shine - Billie Holiday
Not While I’m Around - Stephen Sondheim
She’s Always A Woman - Billy Joel
The Luckiest - Ben Folds
Someone to Watch Over Me - George and Ira Gershwin
Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
They Can’t Take That Away From Me - George and Ira Gershwin
Never Never Land - Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green
I Hear a Symphony - Cody Fry
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
When I’m Gone - Randy Newman
My Girl - The Temptations
Somewhere - Stephen Sondheim
Home is the Heart of Life - Dick Smith