Ray and Ruth have been making music for over 110 years --- that's COMBINED years of experience! They specialize in the music of "Broadway and the Big Band Era," and are the perfect choice for wedding receptions, private parties, service club entertainment, openings of commercial establishments, formal dinners --- anywhere that "elevator music" is desired.
Ruth has a college degree in vocal performance, and she has sung leading roles in opera and musical theater. She has given numerous solo recitals, and has provided musical entertainment on hundreds of occasions. Ruth is a published lyricist, and is currently involved in a project featuring some of her poetry for children.
Ray has college degrees in piano performance, has performed as soloist or accompanist, is a published composer and arranger, and has played commercial music since his early teen years. For thirty years he taught piano and composition at the University of Mississippi where he was selected as the Outstanding Teacher in 1993. In the summer of 1999 Ruth and Ray retired to the Hot Springs area of Arkansas. Their most recent musical project is a recital of songs by George Gershwin which they have performed successfully at colleges and community colleges in the mid-South.
R & R
featuring the best music of the big band era,
Broadway, and light jazz
Ray ---- Liebau ---- Ruth
Ray has composed virtually all his life --- who can forget his "Waltz For My Mother," and his dirge for his cocker spaniel, "Sandy Died Of Pneumonia" --- ? Seriously, even though he achieved success as a young pianist, including a full scholarship to college, Ray continued to compose for the best musical performers available to him. His earliest compositions were for piano, but his complete works include, songs, three musicals, pieces for jazz ensemble, and a number of choral works. His greatest musical association was with Dr. Jerry Jordan, then Director of Choral Activities at the University of Mississippi. Together with the wonderful youngsters in the choir, they shared almost fifteen years of unqualified success (1984 - 1999). Probably the most popular work to emerge is an arrangement of "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" (published by Walton Music). There are a number of other works to which Dr. Jordan applied his genius, and the students provided their hearts and their voices. All of them received successful audience acceptance and are listed on this site for your examination.