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Ich habe sofort unterzeichnet. Und ich kann nur darum bitten, möglichst viel Werbung dafür zu machen. Es ist eine Schande, wenn ein solches Ensemble weggespart wird, während man den Banken Milliarden in den Rachen schmeißt. Solche Sachen sind traurige Beispiele dafür, dass das Wort "wertvoll" nur noch eine ökonomische Bedeutung zu haben scheint."...the only logical starting point for a genuine creative art of music -- the ear, and the manifold delights and stimuli that the ear, in conjunction with the experienced mind, can find in the exercise of imagination."
Da möchte ich am liebsten platzen für Wut. Und der Gedanke an die Milliarden, die in irgendwelchen schwarzen Banklöchern verschwinden, der drängt sich tatsächlich auf. Ein Skandal!
Habe auch gleich unterschrieben. Hoffentlich nutzt die Unterschriftenaktion was.
(empört)... the rest is silence
William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark, Vii
Habe gerade ebenfalls unterzeichnet. Wer nichts mehr für Kultur ausgeben mag, muss sich nicht wundern, wenn sich mehr und mehr allgemeine Kulturlosigkeit in weitestem Sinne breitmacht......
HenningAnstatt die besten Wissenschaftler in die Rüstungsindustrie und Raumfahrt zu schicken, hätte die SU sie ins Melodya-Tonstudio schicken sollen - was für eine vertane Chance...............
Habe mich auch angeschlossen
FrankDifficile est satiram non scribere.
Soeben folgende Nachricht erhalten:
Dear Friends who signed the petition "Save La Petite Bande",
A very warm thank to all of you who have signed our petition! Thanks to your support, La Petite Bande has been able to mention in its defence of mid-February to the Commission the 15.000 protest votes at that moment, from more than 100 countries. A selection of your personal comments has been added to this document.
The Minister will take his final decision on the subventions in the coming weeks. We would like to keep you informed about this decision and its consequences for the future of La Petite Bande. Because of the very strict legislation on privacy, this mail is the only one we can send to you all.
Therefore : if you want to know what the Minister will decide and what consequences it will bear on the future of La Petite Bande, please subscribe here to be informed by Sigiswald himself about the result of our petition.
It's our only way to keep you informed.
The petition will stay on line in the coming weeks; the number of signatories has now reached 20.000! And more signatures are welcomed! Maybe still some more of your friends might like to sign?
As a sign of special thanks, Sigiswald Kuijken sends you this personal message :
"Your support and sympathy have moved me deeply. It shows clearly the invaluable need for music and the arts which surpass daily life. Musica Medicina Dolorum! Our world needs this healing power"
It will be a pleasure for us to continue to inform you on the developments in the near future.
With warm regards,
Esther Visser, initiator of the petition
& Sigiswald KuijkenGruß, ab
Wissen ist Beschreiben können.
Eine weitere Nachricht bekommen:
A message from Sigiswald Kuijken, artistic director of La Petite
Dear La Petite Bande sympathiser,
Rejoice with me: today I am able to inform you that on 24 April,
Belgium’s minister of Culture Bert Anciaux awarded an annual
subsidy of € 590,000 to La Petite Bande for the next three years
(2010 to 2012). The extremely negative and tendentious preliminary
advice the Artistic Evaluation Committee gave him in early February
thus missed its intended goal: La Petite Bande’s survival is no
longer threatened, for the time being, thanks to this ministerial
There is no doubt that your explicit appreciation and support – and
that of so many others with and through you – via the
‘savelapetitebande’ petition made a huge contribution to the
minister’s favourable decision. Your sympathy and unanimity had
already filled my heart with gratitude, and now they’ve even
produced tangible results! I feel very lucky to have this harmonious,
organic exchange of energies.
I was also happy that many of you clearly made it known that
excellence in culture is close to your hearts. It was thus very
significant and beneficent that your call for respectful conservation
of our communal heritage sounded so loudly at this opportunity.
However, even after this subsidy redistribution, the financial future
of La Petite Bande can be called anything but secure:
>From 2003 through 2009, La Petite Bande has applied for a yearly
subsidy of € 700,000 to carry out its planned artistic projects;
the effective subsidy during all these years amounted to € 600,000
per year (increased by a slight adjustment to the index). Now that
its annual subsidy has fallen to € 590,000, this € 100,000 annual
shortfall will amount to € 110,000 per year. In 2009 alone, this
recurrent budget deficit has already resulted in having to cancel two
planned Haydn CD recordings: the ‘Paukenmesse’ and a recording of
three concerti which was to finish an already-begun project. There
are other plans underway for the future, which assume considerable
budgetary reserves (such as the research and staging of a Neapolitan
‘intermezzo’ by J.A. Hasse). The continuation of our highly
successful Bach Cantata series for ACCENT is also an operation which
absolutely must not be shelved.
It is clearly necessary that we create ADDITIONAL RESERVES in order
to avoid cutting any more projects and to get through our artistic
Encouraged and inspired by the overwhelming international response to
the on-line petition ‘savelapetitebande.com’, on 6 April 2009,
after due consideration, we decided to start a foundation. The new
Foundation ‘SUPPORT LA PETITE BANDE’ has its office at Vital
Decosterstraat 72, B-3000 Leuven. Through the foundation we can
develop a way to be less dependent on increasingly uncertain
government subsidies, and to be able to handle any financial
shortfalls without having to compromise our artistic objectives.
A great many people, like you, have subtly sensed what is important
to La Petite Bande in its work; accordingly, we hope that we can
count on such kindred spirits as you for some devoted support.
I wish to continue steering my independent course with La Petite
Bande in the music world – indeed, for me it’s not about
‘surviving’ by adopting a more ‘commercial’ mentality. On the
contrary: any support given to La Petite Bande is totally
disinterested and above all reveals the particular human and artistic
like-mindedness of the supporter, who recognises him- or herself in
the essence of the Petite-Bande way of thinking.
Thus, I am frankly and explicitly appealing to your willingness to
support us financially in this context through the Foundation
“SUPPORT LA PETITE BANDE”. This support could be a substantial
one-time donation, or it could follow a more sustainable formula,
which we would work out together (a tax deduction is currently not an
option; obviously, publication of names of benefactors is possible).
As a sign of gratitude for your support, I’d like to offer you the
opportunity to meet with me (and the musicians) personally at events
organised especially for them.
All donors are welcome at the first of these events, a concert of
Bach cantatas on Sunday 6 September 2009 in the lovely Gothic church
of St. Martin in Kortrijk (Belgium). On the day before (Saturday 5
September), I’ll give one or more detailed introductions to the
programme, with an opportunity for dialogue (possibly in Dutch,
French, English or German!).
Hoping for your generous reaction on this request, I’ld like to
give you the bank-account number for the new Foundation ‘Support La
IBA: BE76 7350 2267 9695 BIC: KREDBEBB
Please bear in mind that we need to cover every year the sum of €
For more information or to communicate about this new initiative, you
can always write to the sender of this e-mail (that is, the webmaster,
easily reached using the ‘reply’ key: he collects everything and
passes it on).
In the name of what binds us in deep artistic experience, I send my
most cordial good wishes; I gratefully look forward to getting to
know you better.
Sigiswald KuijkenGruß, ab
Wissen ist Beschreiben können.
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