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Japanese play the 182-hour concert April 3, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music.

A new world record for the longest non-stop concert has been set by hundreds of musicians in Japan.

The performance began on the evening of 23 March in the city of Omi, the BBC said. Over 900 musicians aged 6 to 89 took turns performing in the 9-day marathon, with breaks of no more than 5 minutes between acts. About 2,000 tunes were performed over 182 hours.

An official from Guinness World Records was present to declare when the record had been set. The previous world record was set in Canada in 2001 with 181 hours.

On Sunday, a magnitude 6.9 quake in northwestern Japan jolted the stage, but didn’t stop a determined pianist from ploughing on with her tune, said Hiroshi Mizutani, 51, another organizer.

“This pianist was amazing. The whole place was shaking quite badly but she went right on playing,” Mizutani said. “Even an earthquake couldn’t stop us.”

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