On Friday, Dec. 16, the First Church of the Nazarene, Brazil, will host a Christmas concert featuring Brazil's own Maurey family and special guest singer, Manuel Castillo.
It will include traditional, popular, classical and sacred holiday favorites.
As a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Castillo currently resides in Lexington, Ky., where he has appeared in leading roles in several operas presented by the University of Kentucky's Opera Theatre.
Castillo has also been a soloist with the Lexington Singers, Lexington Bach Choir, UK Symphony Orchestra and the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra.
He was a finalist in the 2007 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition.
Elizabeth Maurey, Brazil, currently lives in Lexington, Ky.
She is a vocal performance major in her third year in U.K.'s School of Music, studying voice. She is the winner of her division in the 2011 regional competition of the National Assocation of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the 2009 undergraduate winner of the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition, the winner of the 2008 state competition of Indiana's chapter of NATS and the winner of the 2008 Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition.
In February 2012, she will sing the role of Nannetta in the UK Opera Theatre's production of Verdi's "Falstaff."
Also performing with Elizabeth and Castillo will be Rebecca, Julia and Ron Maurey.
Rebecca has performed as a vocalist with Northview High School's Jazz band, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) Jazz Band and the Clay County Community Theatre.
Julia has performed with community choir, Melody Makers and the Clay County Community Theatre.
She is currently the co-director of music at Big Walnut Missionary Baptist Church, Reelsville.
Ron has been part of the Department of Music and Theatre at SMWC since 1994, where he teaches piano, coaches singers and serves as accompanist to the voice ensembles.
He is a 1983 graduate of Indiana State University, and he has also pursued graduate work at Asbury Theological Seminary and ISU.
An active church musician, he served Epworth United Methodist Church for nearly 30 years, and is presently associated with Big Walnut Missionary Baptist Church.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.
An offering will be received to cover expenses related to the concert (travel, music, etc.), with any funds remaining used to further Elizabeth and Castillo's music careers.