You are perhaps aware of the story about Jose Reyes, the volunteer whom the DSO publicly fired. In our September issue, we ran a story about the affair. The online version carries a different a headline than the print version, which was titled “The Talented Mr. Reyes: How a man of meager means and a mysterious past duped Dallas society.” Reyes has been in touch since the story was published. He brought us information that led to an online correction appended to the story, which will also appear in our October issue. Reyes sensibly asked that we run the same information here on FrontBurner.
In an earlier post, we ran a letter from Jonathan Martin, the DSO’s president and CEO. Let’s go ahead and run that again so everything is right here, in one place. From Martin:
“The article ‘The Talented Mr. Reyes’ suggests that the decision to end the DSO’s relationship with Mr. Reyes was influenced by others, such as the van Zweden family. That is not correct. The decision to end our relationship with Mr. Reyes was made solely by me as the CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.”
Also, in our story, Socialite Yvonne Crum was quoted as saying, “He did crash our [Fresh Faces of Fashion party] many times, and he crashed the Wyly grand opening.” Putting aside the question of Reyes’ invitational status at the various parties preceding the Fresh Faces gala, he did buy a ticket to the 2008 gala itself. Furthermore, after publication of the story, Reyes provided proof that he did purchase a ticket to the grand opening performance at the Wyly.
Then there was this passage in our story:
[I]n early May, Jenny Shepard joined the DSO from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to head the development department. Four days later, Shepard found herself at Anne and Steve Stodghill’s Preston Hollow estate for the invitation-only DSO 2013 Gala Launch party. In attendance were such heavyweight symphony supporters as Randall Goss, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Barbara Daseke, Barbara and Bob Sypult, Myrna and Bob Schlegel, and Holly Reed. One person in the crowd stuck out: Jose Reyes. No one claimed to have invited him, and one key DSO sponsor was incensed by his presence.
After publication of our story, Reyes forwarded to the magazine an electronic invitation that he had received to the party at the Stodghills’. The invitation did not bear his name. So we queried Denise McGovern, the DSO’s director of communications. She says:
“We have no record of him getting a hard-copy invitation. It is possible that he received an e-invite as part of a broader list.”
Depending on how you keep score, I think that’s two clarifications and two corrections.