Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Friday, March 10, 2006
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

Event Information:

Fremont, CA—The Ohlone Chamber Singers present composer David Fanshawe’s landmark production of “African Sanctus” on Saturday, March 18 at 8:00 pm at the Smith Center. Featuring a special guest appearance by Fanshawe, this exciting production features a rock band, an accompanying choir, ethnic drummers, and over 200 images taken by the composer during his symbolic pilgrimage across the African continent.

Fueled by the ambition to record indigenous folk music, Fanshawe set out with only a backpack and a stereo tape recorder to document the music of well over fifty African tribes. Inspired by his journey from the Mediterranean to Lake Victoria and from the mountains of West Sudan to the Red Sea, “African Sanctus” became the unlikely infusion of the Latin mass and traditional African music. For Fanshawe, who prefers to be known as a composer and explorer, this visionary work only proves his point that music has no barriers.

Since its first performance by London’s Saltarello Choir in 1972, “African Sanctus” is now increasingly being incorporated into many educational syllabuses and choral repertoires from such noted examples as:

  • The South African Broadcasting Choir in Johannesburg
  • The Los Angeles Master Chorale conducted by Roger Wagner
  • The Saskatchewan Choral Federation in Canada
  • The Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Opera House (5 performances)
  • The Paul Hill Chorale at the Kennedy Centre, Washington
  • The Commonwealth Arts Festival, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
  • International Choral Competition, Liszt Academy, Budapest
  • Danish National Radio Choir, Copenhagen
  • The Bach Choir, for VSO, Royal Festival Hall, London
  • Carnegie Hall, New York

Acclaimed as “one of the world’s most original composers,” Fanshawe has been the subject of a number of biographical documentaries shown on the BBC including: “African Sanctus,” “Arabian Fantasy,” “Musical Mariner,” and “Tropical Beat.”

For more information on “African Sanctus” visit: or contact conductor Dennis Keller at 659-6157 or


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