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 Post subject: Lone Star Ballet
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2002 5:18 am 
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<B>Souther takes ballet season into sunset</B> <BR>By MARLENE FEDURIS from The Amarillo Globe-News<P><BR>John David Souther's spectacular performance was the perfect sunset to the Lone Star Ballet's 2001-2002 season.<P>The performance also was packed with more than a dozen short pieces well performed in a variety-show style by talented ballet company members.<P>Souther, an Amarillo native, performed five pieces, including three with Lone Star dancers, at Saturday's ballet presentation, "Sinatra, Classics Rock & Roll and John David Souther - Live in Concert" at the Civic Center.<P>He captivated the audience with his music and his short interludes of personal experiences and fondness for Panhandle sunsets.<P><A HREF="http://www.amarillonet.com/stories/041502/new_souther.shtml" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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 Post subject: Re: Lone Star Ballet
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2003 10:13 am 
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Dancers, friends rally for Hess

By KRIS ABBEY/kabbey@amarillonet.com

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The event was mostly unrehearsed and no one was in costume, but a full cast of dancers and others took the stage Sunday afternoon to support local dance maestro Neil Hess.

On Wednesday, Hess lost his 26-year job as a dance instructor at West Texas A&M University, according to WT President Dr. Russell Long. Hess also became the focus of a Randall County grand jury investigation, said Randall County Criminal District Attorney James Farren.
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 Post subject: Re: Lone Star Ballet
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 9:15 pm 
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Ballet directors fire Hess
Some members resign, walk out

By CHIP CHANDLER
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Citing concerns for the future of the Lone Star Ballet, the company's board of directors fired founder and longtime artistic director Neil Hess on Tuesday.

Hess, who did not attend the closed-door meeting, could not be reached for comment.

The meeting, which lasted more than 21Ž2 hours, also saw two board members resign and one board member voted off the board.

Patricia Buzell and Dr. Robert Hansen, both past board presidents, left the meeting shortly after 9 p.m. but declined to make any comment.

Another board member, Shelley St. Clair, left the meeting early after board members voted her off the board.

Angela Knapp, LSB board president, would not specify what concerns led to the board's decision to fire Hess.

"It was an extremely difficult decision for the board of directors, but we feel certain that the community will continue to support us, " Knapp said.
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 Post subject: Re: Lone Star Ballet
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 9:34 pm 
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Oh, my. When the board is unanimous, it's one thing. But when you have such a fracturing of the board, chances are this is representative of the community, the funding, and key supporters. I won't be surprised if the company takes a while to come out of this.


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 Post subject: Re: Lone Star Ballet
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2003 7:13 pm 
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Grand Jury Clears Hess

CANYON -- He lost two jobs and has seen his share of publicity in the past few months, but Wednesday, Neil Hess could breathe a sigh of relief. A Randall County grand jury says he did nothing wrong.

Hess was fired from West Texas A&M University after allegations of misuse of school property and resources. The Randall County district attorney then started investigating Hess. Next, the Lone Star Ballet board released Hess as their artistic director. But Wednesday, the grand jury decided there was no reason to take the case any further.

Hess helped build the 'Texas' musical drama, founded the Lone Star Ballet company and created his own dance school. He got exactly what he wanted -- all theft charges dropped and his name cleared -- but vindication doesn't mean life will go back to what it was before the investigation. Hess' attorney, Jeff Blackburn, says, "I think he viewed this as a good opportunity to move on and move on to some other projects as well. So, it's not like he was completely dependant on income from the university job. It wasn't as if his whole career came to an end."

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The saga continues in Amarillo with a new set of names and faces as reported by Brad Newman in the Amarillo Globe-News:

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I suspect that if a company has run through 3 (actually 4) artistic directors in 4 years there is a PROBLEM at the company, no matter how much the board president says there isn't. He doth protest too much, methinks.


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