Arts News

Every Friday morning, Randy Stewart talks with artists, performers, directors and administrators from the area visual and performing arts scene, and presents a comprehensive calendar of arts events.

(Logo courtesy Springfield Regional Arts Council

The Springfield Regional Arts Council has announced the 2014 round of Ozzie Award recipients. Since 1985, the Arts Council has given this prestigious award to those who embody the pioneering creative spirit of the Southwest Missouri arts scene. Each year, the community nominates performers, facilitators, benefactors, individuals, or organizations and a five-member selection committee chooses those which best promote, personify, and support artistic achievement. This year’s recipients are:
·         The late Phil Broyles (1948-2014) – Legacy Award

Springfield Contemporary Theatre's monthly "Sunday Songbook" series, which is usually scheduled on the second Sunday evening during each of the company's mainstage productions, presents members of the area theatre community in intimate concert performances in a wide variety of musical styles.


Conservatory of the Ozarks offers individualized fine arts instruction and music lessons from degreed and experienced faculty, for students of all ages and all levels of experience (including no experience).  The Conservatory is accepting entries for their annual Summer Talent Show, to take place Saturday August 2nd from 5:00 to 10:00 pm at the Chesterfield Village Fountain behind Garbo’s Pizzeria, 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd.

RANDY: David Lowe graduated from Joplin High School (then called Parkwood) in 1976, and spent two years at Pittsburg State University before moving to New York to attend the Juilliard School of Music.  He's been a tenor in the Metropolitan Opera Chorus for the past 13 years.

(Fade up on song: " hometown, my hometown, the folks who live in my hometown are proud to call it home..."
DAVID LOWE:  All I really wanted to be in high school was Elton John, and somehow I wound up singing opera, so... (chuckle).