The Alys Stephens Center will present the African Children's Choir and its performance, "Journey of Hope," along with two lectures about Africa as part of the center's World on Stage Festival Nov. 8-14.

The performance will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 in the Alys Stephens Center. Tickets are $57, $47, $37; $15 for children and $20 for students. Call 975-2787 or go to

Two free lectures also will be presented in conjunction with the performance. The first, "The Plague That Thunders," begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the center. Michael Saag, M.D., director of UAB's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), will also talk about the center's ongoing work and its extensive efforts at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia. The cutting-edge research and treatment provided by CFAR affects patients in Alabama, Zambia and throughout the world.

Come to the center before the performance for "Landscapes of Ghana," at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. Kosi Avotri, M.D., will share historical background of challenging times facing the home countries of the children and families of the African Children's Choir.