Japanese musicians play world's longest concert

March 31, 2007 12:21


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Japanese musicians overcame fatigue and a strong earthquake to set the record for the world's longest concert Saturday, playing nonstop for 184 hours in a program that ranged from Beethoven to the Beatles. More than 900 musicians aged 6 to 89 took turns performing in the 9-day marathon - with breaks of no more than 5 minutes between acts - at a small railway station in Hikone city in western Japan, according to organizer Kuniko Teramura. An official from the Guinness Book of World Records was on standby to certify the record at 10 a.m. on Saturday, she said. The previous record for longest concert was set in Canada five years ago and lasted 182 hours, according to the Guinness Web site.

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