Kathleen Battle

Kathleen Battle to lead audiences on "A Spiritual Journey: Songs from the Underground Railroad" 

Step back in time and explore the deeply moving musical traditions of enslaved Africans in America, led by superstar soprano Kathleen Battle and legendary jazz pianist Joel Martin.

Battle and Martin will be joined by The Oakwood University Aeolians from Huntsville for “A Spiritual Journey: Music from the Underground Railroad” on Friday, Oct. 16, presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

This once-in-a-lifetime performance is set for 8 p.m. in the ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $37, $57 and $77. A limited number of $25 tickets for UAB faculty and students are available. Call 205-975-2787 or visit

A special, free pre-concert talk is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Chair of the Morehouse College Department of Music and respected educator and lecturer on African-American music Uzee Brown Jr., Ph.D., will speak on “The Negro Spiritual and the Underground Railroad.” 

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UAB’s AEIVA presents works by photographer David Maisel through Nov. 14

DAVID MAISEL/BLACK MAPS, a solo exhibition surveying four chapters of the American photographer and visual artist’s larger ongoing series “Black Maps,” will be on exhibition at the UAB College of Arts and Science’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts from Aug. 28-Nov. 14.

Featuring 28 large-scale pigment prints from four series created between 1989 and 2007, DAVID MAISEL/BLACK MAPS leads the viewer on a hallucinatory journey through sites in the American West that have been transformed through the physical and environmental effects of industrial-scale water diversion projects, open-pit mineral extraction, human consumption and inhabitation.

Admission to AEIVA is always free. AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays.