Travelogues: Real And Imagined

In our opening program with the full ensemble, we present “Travelogues: Real and Imagined,” a trip through landscapes, people and creatures that may or may not exist.

Vixen is Alexandra Gardner’s road trip (literally, as the piece was written for the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble’s ongoing tours of our National Parks) through the National Park system; Codex Seraphinianus is Marcos Balter’s take on the eponymous atlas of mythical creatures; and The Books of Bokonon is a musicological tour through the Island of San Lorenzo, from Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.

There are two upcoming performances featuring all or part of this program: the entire program will be performed on October 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, and a modified program will take place at Georgetown University’s McNeir Hall, as part of the Friday Music Series, on October 26th at 1:15 p.m.

Take a trip with us. You never know who or what you’ll meet.

Welcome to Great Noise Ensemble's 2018-2019 Season!

Welcome to our 14th season! This season promises to be one of imagination, reflection, and resolution, with programs inspired by travel, the human condition, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Essential Freedoms.”

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda as their Ensemble-in-Residence.

As well as a new venue, this season also brings a new collaboration with Arcturus Theater Company including a workshop at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, performances of many new (for us) composers, and a return to the West Fork New Music Festival.


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