Union Leader Correspondent
DERRY -- People of a certain age understand that Livingston Taylor is not just the one-hit wonder and youngest member of a musical family from the 1970s.
Beyond Alex, James, Kate and Hugh, there is Livingston Taylor, a singer-songwriter and balladeer in his own right, turned Berklee professor and author. On Friday, he will take the stage at Stockbridge Theatre doing what he knows and loves.
An Evening With Livingston Taylor is a benefit for Center for Life Management Foundation, which supports the mission of the nonprofit community mental health agency. Taylor, the performer, will be shadowed by Taylor, the teacher: He is a full professor of music at Berklee College and has been since 1989. Throughout the many stage performance classes he’s taught, Taylor has tried to make one thing clear to his students: A performance is not something you give, or that an audience takes away with them; it’s a conversation that relies on both the performer and the audience being prepared for whatever happens next.
Taylor’s dulcet voice is reminiscent of that of his older, more famous brother, James Taylor, but it has a lightness of spirit that celebrates life through the seasoned storytelling ability he brings to each composition.
Friday’s concert experience will include a meet and greet with Taylor one hour before the 7 p.m. performance for an additional $10 at the door, which will coincide with a silent auction. All proceeds from the event will go back to the community through the wide range of services available through the Center for Life Management.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.stockbridgetheatre. com, by phone at 437-5210 or in person at the Stockbridge Theatre box office, Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students. For information, call the Center for Life Management at 434-1577.