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Morris Performing Arts Center Exec Director Dennis Andres Retires

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CelebrityAccess) — After a sixteen-year run as the Executive Director of the Morris Performing Arts Center and Palais Royale, Dennis Andres retired on August 12th.

In a recent feature piece in the South Bend Tribune announcing his retirement, Andres recounted some of his favorite memories from the theaters, including James Taylor rehearsing at the PAC for an upcoming tour, and playing softball with Kenny Rogers.

"It will be hard to drive down the street goodbye," Andres told the Tribune. "This is my last baby, my last child if you will. It's grown and out on its own."

While Executive Director, Andres oversaw a period of growth for the two venues, as well as a $25 million of both the Palais and the Morris.

"He has a real passion for the Morris and the Palais Royale," Former South Bend mayor Luecke told the Tribune. "He is a champion for the city and a champion for the arts."

According to the Tribune, Aaron Perri will succeed Andres as executive director for the venues for the city's Parks and Arts Department. – Staff Writers