The Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) is proud to present the 8th annual Flights of Fancy featuring the 32nd Ozzie Awards on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. The Ozarks’ premiere arts gala features performances, and gourmet food and drink. Flights of Fancy draws hundreds of artists, arts patrons, and business and community leaders each year to celebrate the Ozzie Award recipients.
The event begins at 5:30pm with a happy hour reception, a seated buffet dinner catered by Touch Restaurant at 7pm, and the Ozzie Awards celebration starting at 7:30pm.
• Table for 10 with seated buffet dinner and dessert, passed appetizers and drinks during reception
• VIP Parking
• Recognition at event, online, and in event program
Single Tickets go on sale Monday, August 7 at 10am.
2017 Ozzie Award Recipients
The Philharmonics - Legacy Award
Springfield-based vocal quintet The Philharmonics gained national popularity after getting its start as a quartet at Gipson Chapel Presbyterian Church in 1946. The group’s smooth Gospel-based R&B harmonies were featured on the Ozark Jubilee in 1955, making them the first black performing group on the show. The national attention took The Philharmonics from regional concerts and Branson weeklies to touring withElvis Presley, and hitting the road with a show produced by the Grand Ole Opry. The Philharmonics toured in the face of segregation, sang with legend Mahalia Jackson, and dined with President Harry S. Truman. Founding member Homer Boyd was active with Gipson Chapel Presbyterian Church until his death June 19, 2016.
Dr. Guy Webb - Education Award
Passionate about choral music, and music education, Dr. Guy Webb directed Missouri State University’s internationally-acclaimed Concert Chorale, as well as the Chamber Singers, Collegiate Singers, and Collegiate Chorale for 34 years, part of a 55-year teaching legacy. His choirs toured from Los Angeles to New York, London to Rome. Dr. Webb has been honored numerous awards for choral direction, including Missouri Choral Conductor of the Year from the American Choral Directors Association. Following his 2014 retirement, Dr. Webb assumed the volunteer role of Artistic Director for the Springfield Chamber Chorus.
Michael Spyres - Phoenix Award
Before Michael Spyres was singing the world’s largest performance halls, he was performing with productions by Springfield Regional Opera. Spyres took over as Artistic Director of Springfield Regional Opera at a time when its future was uncertain. An internationally-acclaimed tenor, Spyres was recognized by Opera News as one of 25 Rising Stars in opera. Under his guidance, SRO has seen substantial growth to organizational health all the while receiving global press from its A.D.
Dr. Gloria Galanes - Leadership Award
Instrumental to many community initiatives, Dr. Gloria Galanes served as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Missouri State University. Dr. Galanes also served Chair of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and Chair of the Board for the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Her efforts in collaboration with Any Given Child give all Springfield eighth graders access to theatre and dance performances at MSU. A founding member of the Stand Up for the Arts Legacy Society, Dr. Galanes was fundamental in development of the Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative to help focus community arts groups on operational sustainability.
Cindy Jobe - Individual Award
Cindy Jobe has been a volunteer leader and Executive Director for Springfield Sister Cities Association for 30 years. Under her guidance, the SSCA has created numerous arts, music, and cultural exchanges with Springfield’s sister communities of Isesaki, Japan, and Tlaquepaque, Mexico. She helped establish the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, and Peace Through People Performance Pavilion at Nathanael Green-Close Memorial Park. Jobe has sponsored several artist and community leader trips to workshops, studios, and concerts in Springfield’s sister cities each year.
Tonya Forbes - Volunteer Award
A full-time educator by day, Tonya Forbes is at the heart of Springfield Little Theatre, tirelessly wrangling child actors backstage, capturing photos of every rehearsal. When she’s not at school she’s at the historic Landers Theatre, often the last to leave. Forbes is the volunteer manager of SLT’s volunteers, parent-job coordinator, and photographer. Her dedicated service to the theatre has ensured quality theatrical education and programming for many years at SLT and for many more in the future.
Flights of Fancy featuring the Ozzie Awards is generously supported by: