Our staff was in the middle of production on FD Luxe’s annual August Hot Issue yesterday when a hot diss landed in our inboxes. The odd email was from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra manager of publications and public relations, Chris Shull:
“The Dallas Symphony Orchestra would like to inform its sponsors and media partners that as of July 9, 2013 Jose Reyes is no longer affiliated as a volunteer with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra or with any of its volunteer organizations and/or organizing committees.
What? No one on our staff can recall ever receiving a press release from a Dallas organization disavowing a volunteer. This was strange.
You may know Reyes. He’s the soft-spoken man in the suit, at every single social function you’ve ever attended in Dallas. He’s the first to remember your name, eager to compliment your outfit and polite enough to overlook the recent work you’ve had done on your face. Yes, that Jose. He has a corporate job, but seems to really live for groups such as The Fashionistas and, most recently, the DSO. Until now.
When we asked Chris Shull for clarification, he replied via email that “We just felt he wasn’t the best fit with the DSO moving toward the 2013 gala in September.”
We reached out to Jose and he sent a lengthy reply last night. If we get permission, we’ll post his response.
Be prepared to read between the lines on both sides.
UPDATE: 9:33 P.M.
UPDATE: 3:11 p.m. Friday
In a phone call to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra offices, spokesperson Chris Shull says the DSO has “No comment” on Reyes’ email.
UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. August 26
D Magazine society scribe Jeanne Prejean digs deeper into this mess with ‘The Party Crasher Who Duped Dallas Society: How Jose Reyes, a man of meager means and a mysterious past, charmed and then ran afoul of the Dallas Symphony leadership’ It’s a juicy read with quite the surprise ending.
UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. August 26
Reyes just forwarded an email to us that he sent to D‘s former editor, Tim Rogers, and Prejean. We’ll let them hash out the rebuttals if they choose to, but basically Reyes denies he’s a freeloading party crasher. (He even takes a swipe at Dallas socialite Yvonne Crum.) According to Reyes: “I can continue to go about in polite society and hold my head up high knowing that I did not do anything wrong.”
Oh, and he ends the letter on this icy note: “My mother always said, ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold.’ Regards, Jose”
UPDATE: 2:20 p.m. September 12
Reyes apparently gets his revenge.
UPDATE: 11:58 a.m. July 11
The DMN‘s Robert Wilonsky files this: “Ousted Dallas Symphony Orchestra volunteer Jose Reyes sues DSO and D Magazine for defamation”