New Mexico Performing Arts Society and the JCC of Greater Albuquerque present Oliver Prezant, Lecturer and Educator at the Santa Fe Opera, and composer Aaron Alter ( in an event that sheds light on his newly commissioned Earth Cantata. The world premieres of Earth Cantata will take place at the 2023 NMPAS New Mexico Bach Society concerts on Friday, March 3 at 7 pm in the Immaculate Heart Chapel, 50 Mount Carmel Road in Santa Fe and Sunday, March 5 at 5:30 pm at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Rte. 165 in Placitas, NM. Franz Vote leads the ensemble in both performances.

Oliver and Aaron will discuss how the music of Johann Sebastian Bach inspired Aaron’s new cantata. They will explore Aaron’s life in music, choice of cantata text, vocal writing and instrumentation. The work features SATB choir and soloists, chamber orchestra with flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, violin 1 & 2, viola, cello, string bass, piano and tambourine. Musical examples give listeners a chance to enjoy some of Aaron’s other compositions. This event concludes with a Q&A. Admission is FREE. Masks are required.

As a special perk, Meet the Composer guests may purchase tickets to the world premiere at a 10% discounted price. Please see NMPAS Executive Director Linda Marianiello at reception to order your tickets.