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Lamplighters to perform in benefit concert

The concert will benefit the Caminul Felix Orphanage

Matthew Stultz May 2, 2019

The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will join Sebastian Catana, an international baritone, in a benefit concert Monday, May 6, for the Caminul Felix Orphanage in Romania. The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held at the Southminster Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. Admission is free with a $20 suggested donation at the door.

Catana’s performance at the benefit concert will include a variety of arias by Giuseppe Verdi.

Catana, who last appeared locally as Germont in the Pittsburgh Opera’s November 2017 performance of “La Traviata,” regularly performs in major opera houses in Italy and all across Europe. During the current performance season, he has appeared with the Rome Opera, Tel Aviv Opera and Belfast Grand Opera, among others.

This summer, Catana will perform “Amonastro” from “Aida” and “Arena di Verona” and “Scarpia” from “Tosca” in Venice.

Joining Catana on stage will be the Lamplighters Touring Choir, directed by his wife, Melanie Vaccari Catana. The Lamplighters will perform various American spirituals and sacred songs.

Following the concert, the Lamplighters will depart for a 10-day service trip to Oradea, Romania, the home of the orphanage. While there, students will offer benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for the orphanage. They will also assist in painting houses and maintaining the grounds of the village.

To reserve seats for the concert in advance, visit

For more information about the concert or the choir’s service trip, contact Catana at or 724-852-7639.