40 politicians lead new drive to save German orchestra

40 politicians lead new drive to save German orchestra


norman lebrecht

February 08, 2014

Some 40 members of the federal and state Bundestag have launched a new petition to save the the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg symphony orchestra which a bull-headed broadcasting management plans to merge with Stuttgart. If the issue goes federal, the SWR bosses could well lose. Until now, the orch has benefited chiefly from support by eminent musicians.

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As in Minnesota, however, the orchestra is being destabilised and both players and conductor are looking to their future.

Here’s the list of politicians:

Die Initiativgruppe:

Kerstin Andreae (MdB), Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen, WK Freiburg i.Br.

Dr. Gernot Erler (MdB), SPD, WK Freiburg i.Br.

Matern von Marschall (MdB), CDU, WK Freiburg i.Br.

Christoph Bayer (MdL), SPD, WK Breisgau

Bärbl Mielich (MdL), Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen, WK Breisgau

Dr. Patrick Rapp (MdL), CDU, WK Breisgau

Gabi Rolland (MdL), SPD, WK Freiburg II

Weitere unterzeichnende Abgeordnete in alphabetischer Reihenfolge:

Dr. Franziska Brantner (MdB), Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen, WK Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Lars Castellucci (MdB), SPD, WK Rhein-Neckar

Elvira Drobinski-Weiß, (MdB), SPD, WK Offenburg

Thomas Dörflinger (MdB), CDU, WK Waldshut

Dr. Johannes Fechner, (MdB), SPD, WK Emmendingen-Lahr

Axel E. Fischer (MdB), CDU, WK Karlsruhe-Land

Thorsten Frei (MdB), CDU, WK Schwarzwald-Baar

Josef Frey (MdL), Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen, WK Lörrach

Anneke Graner (MdL), SPD, WK Ettlingen

Manfred Groh (MdL), CDU, WK Karlsruhe I

Walter Heiler (MdL), SPD, WK Bruchsal

Karl-Wolfgang Jägel (MdL), CDU, WK Rastatt

Gabriele Katzmarek (MdB), SPD, WK Rastatt

Ernst Kopp (MdL), SPD, WK Rastatt

Sylvia Kotting-Uhl (MdB), Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen, WK Karlsruhe

Kordula Kovac (MdB), CDU, WK Offenburg

Dr. Dr.h.c. Karl A. Lamers (MdB), CDU, WK Heidelberg-Weinheim

Ulrich Lusche (MdL), CDU, WK Lörrach

Thomas Marwein (MdL), Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, WK Offenburg

Reinhold Pix (MdL), Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen, WK Freiburg I

Heribert Rech (MdL), CDU, WK Bruchsal

Wolfgang Reuther (MdL), CDU, WK Singen-Stockach

Dorothee Schlegel (MdB), SPD, WK Tauber-Odenwald

Gabriele Schmidt (MdB), CDU, WK Waldshut

Alexander Schoch (MdL), Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen, WK Emmendingen

Armin Schuster (MdB), CDU, WK Lörrach-Müllheim

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, (MdB), SPD, Staatssekretärin, WK Waldshut

Willi Stächele (MdL), CDU, WK Kehl

Johannes Stober (MdL), SPD, WK Karlsruhe I

Georg Wacker (MdL), CDU, WK Weinheim

Peter Weiß (MdB), CDU, WK Emmendingen-Lahr

Ingo Wellenreuther (MdB), CDU, WK Karlsruhe-Stadt

Sabine Wölfle (MdL), SPD, WK Emmendingen


  • How many UK politicians would fight to save our orchestras?

  • It looks like all the signatories are from Baden-Wurttemberg, so it hasn’t gone Federal yet. On the other hand, they represent all the major parties, Green, SPD, and CDU — and in good numbers. This will probably have a stronger effect than the letters from conductors and composers.

    • Simon says:

      Yes, they’re all from Baden-Württemberg, but those with an “MdB” behind the name are “Mitglied des Bundestags”, i.e. federal MPs, as opposed to the state MPs (MdL – Mitglied des Landtags).

      However, federal government and parliament have no (official) say in this issue, as the SWR is a self governing broadcasting corporation of the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz. Though, a friendly Ms. Chancellor calling the SWR-Intendant and remindning him of the orchestra’s importance might still help…

      • True, the politicians have no official say, but the politicians in each state of Germany do have a good deal of influence on each state’s state broadcaster, so this might have some effect. Still missing are some names of some of the most important politicians.