leubberGuest vocalist Rebecca Luebber will appear with The Southern Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall at Missouri Southern State University. The concert is sponsored by the MSSU Music Department.

Admission is free. No tickets are required.

A native of Seattle, Luebber has been a musical mainstay in the four state area since her debut as Eliza in My Fair Lady in 1980. Her early stage appearance in the Northwest included the roles of Tuptim, from The King and I, Liesel from The Sound of Music and Marian from The Music Man.

Her numerous leading roles in regional productions have included in addition to Eliza, Anne in The King and I, Nellie in South Pacific, Magnolia in Showboat and Lilli in Secret Garden, Cherry in Barnum, Ann Collier in 1940s Radio Hour. Numerous other roles include Woman no. 1 in Closer than Ever and and Woman no. 1 in My Way (a tribute to Frank Sinatra.) as well as countless appearances entertaining in a variety of musical venues.

Luebber is a founding member of Heartland Opera Theatre and has sung the roles of Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along, the First Lady in The Magic Flute and Woman no. 1 in The All Night Strut.

In addition to her stage credits, Rebecca has also delighted audiences for the past decade with her jazz interpretations of the Great American Song Book. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Jack Mitchell Big Band and the Crowder Jazz Orchestra.

Southern Jazz Orchestra: Personnel

Allen Tripp, Carl Junction, alto sax
Josh Benham, El Dorado Springs, alto sax
Kyle Babbitt, Webb City, tenor sax
Ketrina Jones, Joplin, tenor sax
Rachel Weaver, Carthage, baritone sax

Kyle Dickey, Carthage, trumpet/flugelhorn
Andrew Rosenthal, Carthage, trumpet
Jennifer Dunlap, Diamond, trumpet
Matthew Weir, Booneville, Ark., trumpet

Brock Herron, Carthage, trombone
Christopher Hancock, Neosho, trombone
Daniel Anderson, Jefferson City, trombone
Matthew Robertson, Carthage, bass trombone

Tyler Graves, Joplin, piano
Quinn Dirks, Carl Junction, bass
Matthew Holland, Granby, drums