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Canadian Plays World-Record Piano Solo

Musician Gonzales tickles ivories for 27 consecutive hours

(Newser) - Canadian musician and producer Gonzales set the world record for longest solo piano performance today, AFP reports, clocking in at 27 hours, 3 minutes, and 44 seconds. The harrowing performance incorporated 300 musical pieces, from Britney Spears to Beethoven. Gonzales was allowed a 15-minute break between three-hour sets, and 30...

Polish Pianist Launches Rant Against US at LA Concert

Zimerman vows never to return to America

(Newser) - Famed Polish concert pianist Krystian Zimerman vowed to never again return to the US after his concert in Los Angeles last night, the Guardian reports. Dozens of audience members walked out as Zimerman, hailed as one of the greatest living pianists, delivered an anti-American tirade, accusing the US of wanting...

Britney Back in the Studio 'Just for Fun'

Singer working on voice, aiming to stay 'on right track'

(Newser) - Britney Spears is taking voice lessons and spending time in a Burbank recording studio, singing and playing piano "just for fun," E! Online reports. Insiders say that after a troubled year, the star is simply enjoying herself. "It may lead to something down the road, but right...

Oscar Peterson Dies at 82
Oscar Peterson Dies at 82

Oscar Peterson Dies at 82

Jazz virtuoso known for quickness at the keyboard

(Newser) - Legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson died last night at his home near Toronto from kidney failure, CBC News reports. He was 82. The Canadian musician made hundreds of recordings, won seven Grammys, and played alongside greats like Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and Ella Fitzgerald. "The world has lost the...

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