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Larry McKibben

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Larry E. McKibben
Larry E. McKibben - Official Portrait - 82nd GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 22nd district
32nd (1997-2003)
In office
January 13, 1997 – 2008
Preceded byRandal Giannetto
Succeeded bySteve Sodders
Personal details
Born (1947-01-05) January 5, 1947 (age 72)
Marshalltown, Iowa
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceMarshalltown, Iowa
WebsiteMcKibben's website

Larry E. McKibben (born January 5, 1947 in Marshalltown, Iowa) was the Iowa State Senator from the 22nd District. He had served in the Iowa Senate since 1997 and was an assistant minority leader until he retired in 2008. He received his B.A. (1970) from the University of Northern Iowa and his J.D. (1972) from the University of Iowa College of Law. He was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1973.[2] McKibben served on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Commerce committee; the State Government committee; the Veterans Affairs committee; the Judiciary committee, where he was ranking member; and the Ways and Means committee, where he was ranking member. He also served on the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee. McKibben was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, District 3, in 1998.[3] McKibben was re-elected in 2004 with 14,185 votes (51%), defeating Democratic opponent Wayne Sawtelle.[4] He did not rerun in the 2008 Iowa Senate elections.[5]

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  • ✪ Hancher Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


(upbeat acoustic guitar music) (tranquil piano music) (applause) - What a beautiful tribute that is to this wonderful facility, I invite our guests on the stage to take their seats and to welcome you, friends from near and far, to this gorgeous Hancher facility. My name is Lynette Marshall, it's my privilege to be here today and to be among the many many to welcome you to this new home. I serve as president and CEO of the University of Iowa Foundation and we are delighted to welcome everyone back home to their living room, (mumbles), nice to have our community living room back. We are pleased to celebrate today with the dedicated patrons and officials, all of the people who have been involved in making this day special and possible. I think this is the place where we experience and process the human condition and it's a joy to do that together. Our beloved center staff just across the driveway, both the University of Iowa Foundation and our University of Iowa Online Association of Colleagues, have been the closest neighbors of course to this construction for awhile now. We have had the unique and the joyous and the interesting opportunity to watch this building rise from the deep hole in the ground to those amazing steel beams that were pounded in to all of that concrete that was poured over the past several years. It has been a thrill. This renewed Hancher facility is a 21st century performing arts center and we are delighted that Hancher will once again be able to present the wide variety of artists and genres for which we're so well known. My colleagues and I at the foundation have the distinct privilege of working with alumni and friends to connect them with areas that are important to them at the University of Iowa and to match those up with philanthropic interests. It has been a privilege to work with dedicated Hancher patrons and so many of you are here today. You are passionate about rebuilding this university landmark and for that we are deeply deeply grateful. Truly it's the partnership between these donors, through our friends from FEMA, the state, and the university that has been essential in bringing us to this day. Thank you so very much. (applause) I'm pleased now to introduce the 21st president of the University of Iowa, Bruce Harreld. Bruce? (applause) - Thank you Lynette, thank you all for joining us on this most exciting and amazing day. From theater to music to dance and beyond, the University if Iowa has been a national leader in fine arts. And pushing the creative side of our world further and further along. The first half of the 20th century, this university had an audacious idea. That was that performing arts should be on the same level as literary arts, equal footing if you will, in the academic world. The second half of the 20th century Hancher, the original Hancher auditorium, was launched. It provided the stage, if you will, for the expansion of that idea. It brought performing arts to a wider public here in the state, the nation, and indeed across the globe. It was quite visionary and inspiring. Today, after a devastating flood, we are here to celebrate all of the incredible planning, the countless hours of hard work, and actually the patience of the entire community for over eight years. In doing so we pledge that we will take performing arts once more to even a higher level than before. Great inspiration and excellence will be here once again in our community. It will uplift, I'm truly convinced, the entire university. In 1994 the national standards for art education said, quote, "the arts have "been inseparable part of the human journey." Indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization, the arts are inseparable from the meaning of the term education. In this beautiful space in the years to come, we will all learn, grow, and be inspired, and many of us will be fortunate enough to actually perform here. All will be contributed to the fullness of our humanity. A colleague of mine, who was a mentor, passed away a few years ago, taught and had much to say about leadership. Warren Bennis was a professor at USC and he said there's two ways for humans to be creative. One is to perform. Second is to create environments where great performances can occur. Thanks to all of you who have at least contributed to that second piece, of creating this space where great artists can once again perform in our community. You've led us by so many different ways, through your donorship, through your public service, there have been university officials in this process, all kinds of construction, an architectural team, the federal government, and so I'd like to indulge you for a few moments, and it will take a little while and I apologize, to just shout out a few people who are here with us today who have really made this happen. I ask all of us to hold our applause until the end. First of all our Board of Regents whose partnership and support in so many ways for the planning of programs in our infrastructure on campus make all the difference in the world. With us today are the president pro tem Katie Mulholland, regent Sherry Bates, regent Milt Dakovich, regent Rachael Johnson, regent Larry McKibben. Then we have elected officials. We have a local legislative delegation that is made up of a host of people I'll announce in a moment, members of our general assembly, and of course our governor here on the stage. We have the federal officials Sam Prichard representing Senator Ernst's office, with Fred Schuster representing Senator Grassley's office, David Leshtz representing congressman Loebsack's office, Michael Keifer represent congressman Bloom's office. Local representatives I saw in the audience, I thank all of them, Senator Bob Dvorsky, Joe Bolkcom, David Jacoby, Vickie Lensing, Mary Mascher, Sally Stutsman, and then other members of the legislative delegation here today are I believe Senator Liz Mathis, representative Gary Carlson, representative Gary Forristall, representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt. Thank you ever so much for all of you and all that you've done. Your extraordinary support. Then we have former Governor Chet Culver who we need to mention for his leadership during the flood and creating a sense of urgency around all of us and making this campus, starting the renewal of our campus. Federal representatives beyond those I've mentioned played a critical role in making today happen, and in particular I'd like to single out Beth Freeman who's here representing FEMA. FEMA, without FEMA, this truly wouldn't have been possible as well as several other buildings that will be announced here in the next few weeks. Beth, I'm glad you're here, I'm glad for your support, but I think all of us would like to see you in the community not for these circumstances ever again. I mean that in the spirit of love. We also have the donors, and many of you here participated in that, without your vision, your support, none of us would be here. Then we have a host of people I'd like to just mention, I actually have introduced many of them in this topic in the following way saying that the university now has a new program and it's called FEMA Management and Recovery Management 101. This team has worked with, day in, day out, the FEMA team and the architectural and construction and all the state regulators throughout this entire process. Rod Leonard, Senior Vice President Finance and Operations I saw In the audience. We have the Director of Financial Management and Budget Susan Klatt, our General Counsel Carroll Reasoner is here, Business Manager David Kieft. Risk Management Administration Camille Cooley, Director of Design and Construction Sadie Greiner. We have also, I believe her staff is here. Then I don't think we should let this day pass without also mentioning two people who are retired from our community, Drug True, I suspect Doug is out there, former Senior Vice President for Financial Affairs here at the university, retired in 2015. Then my predecessor, President (mumbles) Sally Mason, played a critical and vital role in leading us to today. Chuck Swanson, we're gonna hear from Chuck in a few moments, but Chuck, you and your entire team held us together as a community. Two things have amazed me more than others about joining this community, one, how we could keep having Hancher performances without a Hancher, and how we continue to have an art community without an art museum. We'll come to that in a few years. But thank you Chuck for your entire team, for all that you've done. Now if all of you don't mind, I would like all of you to stand and give all of us the first standing ovation in Hancher Auditorium. (applause) Now it's my great honor and pleasure to welcome and introduce someone, I was thinking about this last night, I don't think he needs any introduction at all, the longest serving governor in United States history, Governor of the state of Iowa, our friend, honorable Terry Branstad. Governor? (applause) - Thank you, President Harreld, for that very nice introduction. I'm proud to be here with all of you. As an alumnus of the University of Iowa, it's a great honor to join all of you in celebrating this exciting milestone event on this campus. With this new Hancher facility, the University of Iowa once again has a beautiful state of the art venue that will be a cultural beacon for the entire state of Iowa. This grand building is named after Virgil Hancher, who was the 13th president of the University of Iowa, and he led this university for a quarter of a century during unprecedented growth from 1940 to 1964, now that's longer than I've been governor. I'm very confident that this new Hancher facility will help develop cultural leaders and it will host performances that will enhance the stature of the university and nurture the creative spirit that is an important component of university life. Today's grand opening comes after eight long years after the Iowa River left its bank and damaged more than 2.5 million square feet of this University of Iowa campus. It comes nearly three years after the original Hancher was finally demolished. Throughout that time, state and federal leaders, including Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and I and the entire Iowa congressional delegation, stayed engaged. To ensure that this beautiful building would become a jewel of the University of Iowa campus. The state received approximately $1.4 billion for over 10,000 recovery projects and over 500 million went to the University of Iowa to aid in the recovery, including this project for Hancher. When Washington bureaucrats threatened to overturn FEMA's previous damage assessments of Hancher, Iowa leaders worked in a bipartisan way to drive Iowa common sense into the discussion. I'll tell you, it did take Iowa common sense to overcome what was going on. I particularly want to thank Senator Grassley, former Senator Harkin, Congressman Loebsack, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, and Beth Freeman and her whole FEMA region seven team. And our Iowa homeland security and emergency management team because they all stayed engaged and we had a sustained leadership effort on a variety of flood recovery issues that fortunately in the end all turned out good. Today's ribbon cutting is a tribute to the persistence of Iowans and the determination of the University of Iowa and its community leaders. For those of you who played a part in seeing Hancher rise once again, you should be proud of the legacy that you leave your fellow citizens in future generations. Hancher performances are known for their great artists and great audiences. I think it's fair to say that they will also be known for this great, beautiful new facility. Thank you for the opportunity to join all of you today. I look forward to hearing the other speakers and getting a tour of this impressive new facility. Thank you very much. (applause) - [Lynette] Thank you very much, Governor Branstad, thank you President Harreld. You have heard of the importance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, in this entire process and we're delighted to have Beth Freeman here with us today representing that important partnership and that important agency. Please join with me in welcoming Beth Freeman, Regional Director for FEMA. (applause) - Good afternoon. June 13th 2008, I was on the roof of one of the Pentacrest buildings looking at what was going on with the Iowa River. It's hard to believe it's been eight years, in some ways it seems like it was just a minute ago and some years it seems like it was a lifetime ago, but we managed to get through it. This was not an easy project to do from anyone's perspective, as the governor alluded to. We had great partners, we had the state of Iowa, we have the University of Iowa, we had the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and we also had the Iowa Department of Natural Resources who helped us through all of this. It's a great building. What more can you say, you're in it, it's a reflection of all the work that we did together, and so I wanna offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of you and to the University of Iowa and thank you for allowing me to be here today. Thank you. (applause) - For those of us who are long time Hancher lovers and friends, you know Dick and Mary Jo Stanley. They have been regulars here for many many years, and as I alluded to earlier, they are the ones who remind us that what we've been missing is our living room and a place to gather with friends before performances, during intermission, and afterwards to create that community that is so important to Iowa City and the greater region. We have mentioned the importance of benefactors and philanthropists in the funding of this magnificent facility and Dick and Mary Jo are here today representing that important set of partners. Dick and Mary Jo, thank you for being with us. (applause) - [Mary Jo] We have loved Hancher for many years. We have enjoyed all of the, well almost all of the programming, and... (laughter) Chuck has done a fantastic job of bringing the world to us and we feel so fortunate that we, well we live in Muscatine which isn't in Iowa City as you perhaps know, but it's been a joy to be able to travel an hour to see some of the things that are seen in Chicago and in New York without having to go through all of that traffic to get to it. There is an aspect to being somewhat active in the Hancher programming that gives us a real sense of community, we have met people from many different towns in Iowa and we have had chances to actually talk with the people that have been doing the performances and so forth, lots of nice experiences along that line. When I first saw the makings of this auditorium in the early days and we came onto the stage from the back, and of course there really wasn't much of a stage then, but it absolutely, I was blown away because it was so, I was so taken by the intimacy of this space. The fact of the three semicircles brings everybody close and it just, it just felt, I was so excited. Then as things came further along, I just think it's one of the most beautiful venues I've ever seen in my life. We certainly thank the wonderful design for the architects and we thank all the workers who put their heart and soul and time and energy into the doing of this because they picked up and made it their own excitement as well and I think that's very important. We will be thrilled to get back to the times that we can spend with one another. Through the years we've met so many people and have become friends with so many people just by making a little trip up this direction. We certainly hope that people will enjoy this and use it and the precious thing that it is, really adore the whole thing. I'll be turning this over to Dick and all we can say is Ray Hancher. (applause) - [Dick] Eight years has been a long time to wait. But as I look around this facility, and we'll have a chance to do some wandering around and open house inspection of it here in a bit, it's been worth the wait. This is a great facility. It is a very creative... Illustrative... Kind of a facility that helps build the kind of awareness of the arts that President Harreld mentioned in his remarks. But beyond that, I think we owe a great deal of thanks to Chuck Swanson and the entire Hancher staff for holding together the Hancher program during this eight year wait. You have no idea, unless you stop and think about it, how difficult it is to keep a program going when you have no venue to hold it. Chuck and the staff I think have done a masterful job of maintaining a forward looking, campus contributing program that Hancher has done over these past years. But there's another part of the Hancher vision that I think is equally important. That is that the Hancher program is not a program confined to the campus of the University of Iowa. Former president Sandy Boyd has described Hancher as the largest classroom on campus. Hancher's vision goes well beyond the campus. It reaches out across the state and further. During this eight year wait, programs have been carried out from river to river, reaching out into classrooms, using cable communications to take some of the arts programs, the requirement arts programs that it has assembled, out to high schools and other areas across the state. Hancher has been, and continues to be, a real asset not only to the university of Iowa, but to the entire state. For this we thank Chuck, the staff of the Hancher group, and we look forward to the fact that in just a few minutes there will be a symbolic ribbon cutting right here on this stage that will signal the end of that eight year wait and wish Hancher, its staff, its program, its activities, its supporters, wherever they may be, onward into the next chapter of the life of Hancher. If you've had opportunity to look at the program that has been lined up for the coming year, and I understand some of those performances are already sold out, we have a great opportunity lying before us here and I hope all will take advantage of that opportunity. Thanks to Chuck, thanks to the entire Hancher staff, we owe you a great debt of appreciation. (applause) - Good afternoon. My name's Julius Carter and I am excited to be here at Hancher. I made a transition from theater to law not too long ago and my colleagues always ask what is the one thing you miss about being on Broadway and I said you know, at the end of the day you leave work, you're getting ready to leave work, and 2,000 people stand up and applaud. That does not happen in law. (laughter) But I think today President Harreld gave me what I've been missing in having you stand and give me a standing ovation and I hadn't even worked yet. But I'm very excited to be here. I've been echoing and listening that Hancher's our living room and that is very true, but for its artists one of the things that we always imagined Hancher was is our heartbeat. It went under an amazing eight year surgery, and so we're very thankful to have the heartbeat of this wonderful community back. Echoing what, something Mary Jo just said, one of the things that I love about Hancher is the reason why it existed over those eight years is not because of the facility, but because we, everyone sitting in the audience, we are Hancher. That sounded like State, we are farmers. (laughter) I don't think that could be copyrighted. We are Hancher and I think that's one of the reasons why we were so invested in keeping this going and keeping the heart beating. The first show I ever done, or actually the first show I ever saw at Hancher was The Full Monty and... Yeah. Ironically, the first show I ever got paid to perform was The Full Monty thanks to Doctor Chris (mumbles) and Jerry Howell for that one. What made me wanna be an artist was Iowa Dance Department production of their 2003 gala and there's a piece called Beat by Dan Stark who was a grad student at the time and ended up getting a faculty position. I remember leaving the theater and everything was enhanced, the red stairs seemed a deeper red, the glass windows were waving in the moonlight, my heart was pounding kinda like it is now. My face was getting flush and heated and I just realized that that was such a moment of elation and happiness and I knew that I wanted to be an actor and a dancer and at that moment Hancher allowed me to have a dream. It was that moment that my heart started beating along and tandem with Hancher. I will never forget it, I'll never forget walking out and going back to the dance department which I had just started, this little boy from Des Moines, Iowa that grew up in a low income family that had never taken a formal dance class in his life, had never actually seen a formal dance concert in his life, had this new dream that would not have been made possible without Hancher. Then the following year and the three years after that I got to perform in that same production over and over and I always think back on those moment and realize how lucky I was to have a community that invested so much time and so much energy into keeping that heart beating. Now Hancher allowed me to dream, and you go to New York, you got to Chicago, LA, and they always (mumbles) these are the cities where dreams come true, but what is more important is although that may be the case with these cities, we need communities like Iowa City and institutions like Hancher that allow people to have dreams, that create the spark. I always says Hancher, it's the spark that ignites possibilities and innovation. It's the vehicle that transports young artists' dreams into realities and making them realize their passions. Firstly Hancher was what was my rocket, it launched my career, it allowed me to star in four Broadway productions and one of the first Broadway productions I had the privilege of doing was Moving Out and it was a Broadway national tour and I was so excited, it was 2008 and we were slated to come to Hancher Auditorium. It broke my heart when I realized that it was underwater. But I knew that at some point I would come back here and be able to grace the stage again and that day is today. I thank you for giving so much to make this happen, to allow me be here again. Now with all of that, the decision for me to give back to Hancher as a partner was very easy because of you. Hancher gave so much to me, you gave so much to me, as a member of the Spiraling Circles, a new community we formed here, I've learned something that I hope resonates with everyone. Giving Hancher is not a gift but an investment. An investment that is infinite, that has infinite returns, the enrichment of our community, the creation of dreams and innovation, hope for the future. It's an investment in you, it's an investment in us. Simply because we are Hancher and that's why it existed over those eight years. My goal and my dream is to allow the little Juliuses that grew up in Des Moines, Iowa with very little money and never had seen a dancer, had even thought that he could do anything like this, I wanna make that dream possible by continuing to be a friend, continuing to be a part of the community, continuing to invest, continuing to be Hancher. Thank you. (applause) - Well here we are at last. And all the players are present. The house is almost full. It doesn't get any better than this. But wait until the Hancher season starts. Then hang onto your seats. Good afternoon everyone. My name's Chuck Swanson and I'm the Executive Director of Hancher Auditorium. On behalf of the Hancher staff, I wanna say thank you to all of you for being here for this wonderful moment. We are all helping to create history here at the University of Iowa. It's been 44 years ago, almost to the day, since the original Hancher Auditorium opened at the University of Iowa campus. I was a student at the time and I remember, and many of you here today also remember the excitement that surrounded the opening of our new performing arts center called Hancher. As out governor said, it was named after president Virgil Hancher who had a vision for the arts on our campus. He actually grew up on a hog farm from northwest Iowa, but he wanted the arts to be available to everyone. You never know what a great idea can lead to. Today I believe he is smiling down on his envisioned arts campus. Because of the rebirth of Hancher Auditorium, the School of Music, the School of Art and Art History, and the promise of a new art museum. I've gotta say it's been a pure joy to experience that excitement again as we prepare to open this magnificent new Hancher Auditorium, a facility that will ensure for years to come that we will be connecting artists and audiences. The journey through design and construction of this beautiful building was a once in a lifetime experience for many of us. The team of world renowned professionals, led by César Pelli, includes a group of people who from the very very beginning have taken this project to heart and who fully understand and value the Hancher spirit. A spirit that was present in the original Hancher has been with us during the post flood period and will fill this new Hancher for generations to come. We are grateful to people like Dick and Mary Jo Stanley and others who have contributed resources to help make this project happen. And to the project team, and there's so many of them here today I can't tell their names, but the collaborative spirit and the knowledgeable expertise, they have created and constructed a state of the art building. And also to so many on campus, who President Harreld mentioned, who have helped. But also we cannot forget the critical impact of those who President Harreld also mentioned from afar who have helped us in so many ways. We're also grateful to all the workers who we call our heroes whose hard work, talents, and dedication to Hancher have left us with an amazing building that will be a performance space for students at the University of Iowa, citizens of our growing community, and for artists from all over the world. Now we can all dream about the world class artists who will be presented at Hancher in the seasons to come. Words cannot express how it feels to be on this stage today kicking off the unforgettable experiences that will change the lives of people of all ages in the years to come. We are opening the doors to a performing arts center that will serve the University of Iowa, our community, our region, and Governor, Hancher will significantly add to the quality of life in our state. We are fortunate, so fortunate, to have such a special place. Thanks to all of you for being here today to help celebrate this milestone that we have all been anticipating for a very long time. Now I want to invite all the speakers to join me in cutting the ribbon and let those performances begin as Rinde Eckert, Conor Harick, and the community mass choir led by Barbara Haack will introduce us to the magic of this Hancher stage. (applause) Excuse me. (applause) - [Rinde] I thought I'd just do some piano clearing music while they're... (french accordion music) (operatic singing in foreign language) (applause) Just wanted to say one thing. This is an amazing moment for me because this is a brand new space. Yes, the institution, there's a legacy of the institution, but these walls, this stage, it's completely naive. It doesn't know what it's in for. (laughter) That's a beautiful moment. It's innocent completely. It's about to get all sorts of different kinds of things going on here. Entertainments of the largest scope, people from all different parts of the world coming here, dances of all different kinds, lots of different people, crowds of people, big scenes, and then every once in awhile there might just be... One lone performer singing a little song about a guy staring in the mirror looking at his scarred face and thinking everything has a reason. (operatic singing in foreign language) ♫ Fate has marred my face ♫ Fate has marred my face ♫ (Mumbles) ♫ And someone (mumbles) sings ♫ And the one dove sings ♫ (Mumbles) dove sings ♫ The heart is in our feelings ♫ God is (mumbles) ♫ But I always will (mumble) ♫ And the one dove sings ♫ And the one dove sings ♫ God (mumbles) (applause) - Conor! Conor Harick! - Hello up there! This is really something else, wow. It is such an incredible honor for me to be here, thank you so much Chuck Swanson for the really remarkable invitation, once in a lifetime invitation to play in this incredible space on such a momentous occasion, thank you so much. This place was really a formative location for so much of my childhood and so much of what was in my brain when I started playing music and decided to do music. Rinde and I will maybe talk about that in a little bit, but I also wanted to use this chance to tell you about what I'm playing because I realize there's nothing in the program about it, and now that Rinde has so beautifully blessed this space, we can really do some weird things now. Which is fine and something that I'm interested in doing. I'm gonna play two pieces for you. Both of them tip their hat to history and tradition while keeping an eye on the future and what that means. The first piece is by a wonderful composer named Timothy Andres who's a friend of mine in New York, he was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize last year, probably will have many of his pieces performed on this very space in fact, but he wrote this piece for me, it's called At the River which is a suitable title for this occasion. It's based loosely on an old American spiritual called Shall We Gather Out the River. I'm sure many of you know it. It's all about community and congregation and the spirituality of togetherness. You'll hear this hymn come in at the end of the piece, the first part is very virtuoso, more rivery type of music. But I couldn't really, as soon as I knew about this performance I couldn't really get this piece out of my head because there's really no other place that I think I'd rather be at the river and with such wonderful people in such a wonderful space. The second piece is by Charles Ives. It is The Alcotts from the Concord Sonata which similarly deals with togetherness and is about, for me at least, the transcendence of family and of community. Thank you very much for having me here, it's such an honor to play for you, and hope you enjoy. (applause) (elegant piano music) (applause) (classical piano music) (applause) - Conor, this is particularly great for me because one of the, to hear you play was, one of the premiere experiences I had at the old Hancher was watching Arthur Rubinstein and you remind me of him. - That is beyond flattering, thank you. I have heard many pianists on this stage and it's very humbling to appear on the same space, I remember sitting right over there with my grandfather listening to Richard Goode play Brahms. I remember sitting right over there, and with my father, listening to Andra Shift play two Bartok Concertos, and I remember sitting up in the balcony many many times for many many Nutcrackers. (laughter) All those experiences, they were in my head for so long, I mean they still are, I can literally remember every program that I attended here, it's crazy. I was telling this to you, it reminds me of that Field of Dreams quote about is this Heaven, no it's Iowa. (laughter) I mean growing up in Iowa City and them moving to Chicago and New York, I just expected that this was a normal thing for people, to be able to go to their ravishing concert hall and listen to Alicia de Larrocha play. It took me traveling to other parts of the United States to realize that no, it's not Heaven, it's actually just Iowa and Hancher itself. (laughter) - Hancher laid the world at our feet as kids and we benefited amazingly by it. - Yes. - We want to end with something truly radical, we didn't feel we were avant garde enough. I think, even though you probably won't recognize the tune, we'll go ahead. - Sure. (elegant piano music) ♫ To dream the impossible dream ♫ To fight the unbeatable foe ♫ To bear with unbearable sorrow ♫ To run where the brave dare not go ♫ To right the unrightable wrong ♫ To love pure and chased from afar ♫ To try though your arms are too weary ♫ To reach the unreachable star ♫ This is my quest ♫ To follow that star ♫ No matter how hopeless ♫ No matter how far ♫ To fight for the right ♫ Without question or boast ♫ To be willing to march into Hell ♫ For a heavenly coast ♫ And I know if I only stay true ♫ To this glorious quest ♫ But my heart will lie peaceful and calm ♫ When I'm laid to my rest ♫ And the world will be better for this ♫ That one man, scorned and covered with scars ♫ Still strong with his last ounce of courage ♫ To reach the unreachable stars (applause) - Well done. (mumbles). (chuckling) - [Rinde] Goodbye. - [Conor] Please, after you. (applause) (gentle piano music) ♫ Bless this house, O Lord we pray ♫ Make it safe by night and day ♫ Bless these walls so firm and stout ♫ Keeping want and trouble out ♫ Bless the roof and chimneys tall ♫ Let thy peace lie overall ♫ Bless this door that it may prove ♫ Ever open to joy and love ♫ Bless these windows shining bright ♫ Letting in God's Heavenly light ♫ Bless the hearth ablazing there ♫ With smoke ascending like a prayer ♫ Bless the folk who dwell within ♫ Keep them pure and free from sin ♫ Bless us all that we may be ♫ Fit O Lord to dwell with thee ♫ Bless us all that one day we may dwell ♫ O Lord with Thee ♫ Amen ♫ Amen ♫ Amen ♫ Amen (applause) (somber piano music) ♫ Lord I will lift ♫ Mine eyes to the hills ♫ Knowing my help ♫ Is coming from You ♫ Your peace You give me ♫ In time of the storm ♫ You are the source of my strength ♫ You are the strength of my life ♫ I lift my hands in total praise to You ♫ You are the source of my strength ♫ You are the strength of my life ♫ I lift my hands in total praise to You ♫ Amen, amen ♫ Amen, amen ♫ Amen, amen ♫ Amen, amen ♫ You are the source of my strength ♫ You are the strength of my life ♫ I lift my hands in total praise to You ♫ Amen, amen ♫ Amen, amen ♫ Amen, amen ♫ Amen, amen (applause) - [Chuck] Well we did it. (applause) Thanks for helping us launch our new Hancher Auditorium today, and please come often and warm those comfy seats. I encourage you now to participate in the self guided tours hosted by our Hancher guild members and our student ushers. Feel free to stop by the Hancher showcase, enjoy the Stanley Cafe, and say hi to our box office staff. The box office is now officially open in our new Hancher. (applause) The open house will continue on Sunday from 2 to 5, and please join us next Friday for a free outdoor concert by Trombone Shorty and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Hancher is for everybody and we want you all to be there. The concert starts at 7:30, but come early around 5 o'clock, there will be tailgating, food trucks, the pet van and fun for kids in the parking lots just south of here. We have lots to celebrate and thanks again for your presence today. Thank you. (applause)


  • Granting Parole in Iowa: A Time for Change, Iowa Advocate, Vol. X, No. 3, Spring, 1972


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