Four Freedoms III: Freedom from Want

On May 18 at 8:00 p.m. at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda, join us for the third in our series “Four Freedoms,” based on basic freedoms outlined by President Roosevelt in 1941. In “Freedom from Want,” we address the issues of compassion for others, poverty, and need. Works by Martin Bresnick, Michael Lanci, Louis Andriessen, and Caroline Shaw will have you considering the dangers of inequality, the pros and cons of collective labor, and the principle of providing refuge. Click here for more information.

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.


…the kind of focused, intelligent performances a composer dreams of.

The Washington Post

…a virtuosic outfit that — in a must-hear series at the Atlas Performing Arts Center over the past year — has showcased more than a dozen rising young American composers and revealed some spectacular talent.

The Washington Post

the performers are a joy to watch; the young ensemble is focused and clearly enjoying themselves.

Washington City Paper

…adventurous, imaginative and fiercely committed

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