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Double bassist Jane Little sets world record with 71 seasons at Atlanta Symphony

The 87-year-old has achieved the longest professional tenure with a single orchestra

February 5, 2016

Atlanta Symphony double bassist Jane Little has entered the Guinness World Records for the longest professional tenure with a single orchestra.

The 87-year-old joined the ensemble in 1945 at the age of 16, two years before it became a professional body in 1947, and was appointed co-principal bass in 1967. Currently assistant principal bass emeritus, she is serving her 71st uninterrupted season.

During her tenure, Little, who was married to ASO principal flautist Warren Little for 41 years, has performed under all four of the Atlanta Symphony’s music directors – Henry Sopkin, Robert Shaw, Yoel Levi and Robert Spano – as well as guest conductors including Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Pierre Monteux, Leopold Stokowski, Sir John Barbirolli and James Levine.

Her instrument is a rare Carlo Giuseppi Testore bass (c. 1705).

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