The Eliot Society is a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., supporting artists and fostering discussions about the role of art in the Church community.
Introductory Season:

The Imagination Renewed

The Eliot Society exists to care for culture within the Church. Our events are meant to inspire discussion about human creativity in the Church community, and to provide opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy fine art, both old and new. Our 2017-18 season will include a lecture series by several renowned speakers, and a concert series featuring local musicians.


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February 2017

Ken Myers: Seeking Meaning in Creation Through Art

February 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wallace Presbyterian Church, 3725 Metzerott Road
College Park, MD 20740 United States
Free

Ken Myers, the host and producer of Mars Hill Audio Journal, will be in town to lecture on "Faithful Imaginations in a Meaningful Creation." In 1955, Flannery O’Connor wrote to a friend: “If you live today you breathe in nihilism.” Today the stench is still strong, one of the symptoms being the claim that the things of this world (including human bodies) are without inherent meaning. Nature is regarded as a chaotic pile of raw material to which we can assign…

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April 2017

Época de Ouro: The Golden Age of Brazilian Music

April 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wallace Presbyterian Church, 3725 Metzerott Road
College Park, MD 20740 United States
Free

The Eliot Society is proud to present the first concert of the 2017 series: "Época de Ouro: The Golden Age of Brazilian Music", featuring the Pablo Regis and Tom Rohde Brazilian Ensemble with special guest Cissa Paz. This program takes the audience on a musical tour of the development and crystallization of traditional and popular Brazilian musical genres in the early twentieth century during Brazil’s golden age of music and demonstrates how these genres have influenced the shape of Brazilian…

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Michael Hanby: Art and the New Totalitarianism

April 28, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wallace Presbyterian Church, 3725 Metzerott Road
College Park, MD 20740 United States
Free

Abstract A number of recent thinkers have argued that the late modern West is entering into a new and subtle kind of totalitarianism characterized not by an absolute, authoritarian state but by a technocratic order which acknowledges no horizon beyond its own power, a totalitarianism predicated above all upon the denial of transcendence. In this lecture, Michael Hanby will explore the contours of this new totalitarianism, the importance of the Christian imagination, and the prophetic role of the arts in…

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September 2017

Ken Myers: Luther’s Artistic Legacy

September 9, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wallace Presbyterian Church, 3725 Metzerott Road
College Park, MD 20740 United States
Free

The Eliot Society is thrilled to welcome back author and Mars Hill Audio founder Ken Myers this fall. In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Ken will be lecturing on Martin Luther's artistic legacy. The common assumption about Martin Luther’s musical practices is that he ditched the entire musical treasury of Christendom in favor of cool pop tunes overheard in bars. This is far from the case. On the contrary, Luther reformed the tradition so as to create…

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November 2017

Gary Hotham: Brevity and the Art of Haiku

November 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wallace Presbyterian Church, 3725 Metzerott Road
College Park, MD 20740 United States
Free

The Eliot Society is pleased to welcome American poet Gary Hotham for our second speaking event of the 2017-2018 season. Why read or write poetry? Because poetry lets the writer do something with language that other forms can't do. The words and rhythms of a well-crafted poem have the power to alter our vision, and to deepen our delight and wonder at the created world. The Haiku is a poetic form, first developed by the Japanese, whose energy comes from its brevity, the sharpness of its imagery, and…

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January 2018

Philip Bess: God and Man In “Nature’s Metropolis”

January 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wallace Presbyterian Church, 3725 Metzerott Road
College Park, MD 20740 United States
Free

Pre-modern cities gave primary material expression to shared convictions of sacred and civic order, but modern cities increasingly give primary material expression to the economic order of global crony-capitalism. This talk imagines how classical humanist sensibilities might coherently manifest themselves in metropolitan Chicago about a hundred years forward --- a city chosen for study due to the ongoing internal conflict between its famous proto-modernist origins and history and its 1909 classical humanist Plan of Chicago by Daniel Burnham. About Philip…

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February 2018

Winterreise: Schubert’s Winter Journey in Music, Poetry, and Painting

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wallace Presbyterian Church, 3725 Metzerott Road
College Park, MD 20740 United States

Join the Eliot Society for a performance of Winterreise, Schubert's beloved 1827 song cycle, setting poems by Wilhelm Müller. This performance features newly-commissioned artwork by Betsy Marsch, including an oil painting and twenty-four watercolors, one for each song in the cycle. Winterreise will be performed by Robert Petillo, tenor, and Todd Fickley, piano. It will be sung in German with projected English supertitles. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 PM. About Robert Petillo Robert Petillo, tenor, specializes in oratorio of the 17th…

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April 2018

Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wallace Presbyterian Church, 3725 Metzerott Road
College Park, MD 20740 United States

The National Philharmonic String Quintet and the Eliot Society present Schubert's String Quintet in C major. Join us for an evening of chamber music with one of Schubert's most tuneful creations. Join us for a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 PM, with the performance to follow at 7:00 PM.

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