World Premiere: Commissioned and premiered by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, Music Director, in celebration of the orchestra’s 125th anniversary; February 11-13, 2022. The concert will be livestreamed here.
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES – February 11-13, 2022
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Watch the video to see the full score and hear to hear a digital music rendering of Fifteen: Symphonic Fantasy Inspired by the Art of Andy Warhol for orchestra.
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ANDY WARHOL (1968):
“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”
Conductor Manfred Honeck and Michael Daugherty at rehearsals with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, February 9, 2022
Fifteen: Symphonic Fantasy on the Art of Andy Warhol (2021) for orchestra was commissioned and premiered by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, Music Director, in celebration of the orchestra’s 125th anniversary. My symphony is inspired by the art of Andy Warhol, famous for being the world’s most recognizable proponent of Pop Art, and for his wry quotation: “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”
Warhol (1928-1987) was born into a Slovenian immigrant family of six, raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, before moving to New York City in 1949 to pursue a career as an artist. Through his portraits of icons, celebrities and commercial objects, Warhol developed a provocative hybrid of realism and abstraction expressed through bright colors and repetition. In 1994, the Andy Warhol Museum opened in Pittsburgh with the most complete collection of Warhol’s artwork and artifacts.
In Fifteen: Symphonic Fantasy on the Art of Andy Warhol, I transpose Warhol’s art into my own musical “pictures at an exhibition,” divided into five movements:
~Program Note by Michael Daugherty