Web of Life

Spring Concert with
Vocalise, Bravi, and Aria

Featuring Special Guest: Laura Inserra

First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto
Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 1PM

Join Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley for a one-of-a-kind concert event featuring Vocalise, Bravi, Aria, and world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, Laura Inserra!

This year's Spring Concert, Web of Life, aims to bring us closer to the earth and each other through a program featuring new works, chant, and folk song. Under the direction of Maestra Elena Sharkova, Cantabile's touring and performing choirs and Laura Inserra will use voice, body, wine glasses, and a collection of world instruments to tell stories of the beauty and visceral nature of the earth. Every piece will be accompanied by a spectacular audio/visual collage of images and scenes aimed to connect us with global communities through song and to describe mankind's current relationship with nature.

The performance will last approximately 100 minutes including a 15 minute intermission.

Laura Inserra is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and artistic director. She is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. She plays contemporary and world music in different projects as a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. She authors and performs music for theater, dance performances, exhibitions, and soundtracks for movies with internationally acclaimed musicians.

Inserra has performed internationally in prestigious festivals and theaters in Italy and the US that include: The Colosseum (Rome), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome), Teatro Olimpico (Rome), CounterPULSE (SF), NOHSpace (SF), San Francisco City Hall, De Young Museum (SF), Grace Cathedral (SF), Italian Cultural Institute (SF and LA), San Francisco International Arts Festival (SF), Meridian Gallery (SF), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), The Freight and Salvage (Berkeley), The Marsh (Berkeley), The Flight Deck (Oakland), Vessel Gallery (Oakland), The Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland) among others.

Inserra has collaborated with various artists globally. Her performances display ancient and modern instruments and are infused with a unique blend of musical inspiration and melodic harmonies which deeply resonate with audiences worldwide.

For 20 years she has been involved in the artistic direction of multidisciplinary performances in Europe and in the US. In 2007 she moved to the SF Bay Area and founded Samavesha, an international non-profit multidisciplinary performing art organization based out of Berkeley. Among her productions the Art in Nature Festival, the Cave Concerts, Creative Explorations, and Rose Labyrinth Series are some of the most popular. To know more about her vision, visit her blog Fertile Art Conversation.

Audiences worldwide are not only mesmerized by this woman but also captivated by her virtuosity, profound musicality, and the passion she brings to the stage. For more information, please visit LauraInserra.com.

Cantabile's Vocalise and Bravi singing "Double Shot (Honey in the Rock)" in Spring 2016
Words and Music by Stephen Hatfield



Special Guest Artist, Laura Inserra performing at CounterPULSE SF, 2013

"This was my first experience designing video projections for a youth choir. I was so impressed at the level artistic innovation for the overall program along with the immense talent of the young performers. The administrative staff , the creative director and artistic collaborators were incredibly supportive at every step of the process. Experiencing my video projections along with the youth choir in the church was one of the highlights of my career this past year. The strength of the Cantabile community is apparent and I feel very honored to have been included in the program."
Zen Cohen, Video Artist

"Yesterday’s performance was truly awe-inspiring. It communicated the mission of Cantabile and was performed so beautifully. Congratulations to Elena, Julia, and their teams for an outstanding and memorable event. I’m so proud to be associated with this organization."
Jeff Wright, Cantabile Board of Directors, Chair of Personnel Committee, Cantabile Parent

"Yesterday was magnificent in every way. First, I loved the program and, particularly, the linked performances that made up the first half. It was truly inspired and very well executed. Kudos to your selection of musicians, especially Laura Inserra, who was wonderful. Second, the reception and the tribute to the seniors was very moving and the ad hoc performances made it both intimate and memorable."
Chris Dewees, Cantabile Board of Directors, Secretary, Cantabile Parent


Concert Information

Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley
presents: Web of Life

Featuring Special Guest: Laura Inserra

Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 1 PM

First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto
625 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Ticket Information

Benefactor Tickets: $65*
General Admission: $30
Children 12 and Under: $10



*$35 of the Benefactor ticket price is tax deductible