TOPSHAM – Groups representing the arts and the environment have joined forces to bring nationally renowned singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor to the Orion Performing Arts Center for a benefit concert Saturday, April 24.

Like his more-famous brother, James Taylor, Livingston has a strong following.

Taylor released his first album in 1970 and has also written two children’s books. He has toured the United States and Japan extensively, working an average of 125 dates per year.

Taylor is a full professor, who has been teaching at Berklee College of Music since 1989 and serving as an artist in residence at Harvard University.

Taylor received the Boston Music Award for Best Folk and Acoustic Artist.

Funds raised from the concert will be divided equally between the Cathance River Educational Alliance and the Orion Performing Arts Center’s World of the Performing Arts Series.

Proceeds will help CREA build trails in the Cathance River Watershed and Preserve, sponsor teacher workshops on environmental science, and develop a resource center to promote environmental education.

The funds are also much needed income for the Orion’s 2004-2005 World of the Performing Arts Series, dedicated to bringing performances from the world stage to the midcoast area.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at the door, Bull Moose Music stores, Macbeans Music in Brunswick, and through the SAD 75 office in Topsham at 729-9961.

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