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The March 17 event is a benefit for Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation.

Portland-based opera company Ping & Woof has joined forces with the newly arrived dance ensemble Necessity Arts Collective for a performance of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's 'Stabat Mater.' This event is a benefit concert for Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation, which works to reduce the number of gun injuries and deaths in Oregon by educating the public and providing opportunities to dispose of unwanted firearms.

The show will be presented 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Saint John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 6300 S.W. Nicol Road, Portland.

It also will be staged on the east side of the metro area, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 15 & 16, at Saints Peter & Paul Episcopal Church, 247 S.E. 82nd Ave., Portland.

Admission is by donation at the door; all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

Ping & Woof has performed Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater," written in 1736, annually during the season of Lent since 2014. The piece is based on an ancient Latin text which describes the passion of Christ as seen through the eyes of his mother Mary.

In this version, Jocelyn Claire Thomas (soprano), Beth Madsen-Bradford (mezzo-soprano) and Brian Thomas (pianist) are joined by contemporary dancers Reid Bondurant, Kasandra Martinez, Hannah MacKenzie-Margulies, Claire Thomforde-Garner and Amelia Unsicker. The dancers are directed by Hayley Glickfeld Bielman.

For more information, visit www.necessityarts.weebly.com or call 971-231-8881.

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