Bassist Jane Little of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra died Sunday. Little collapsed during a performance and was rushed to the hospital. She died shortly after.
In a statement posted on the Atlanta Symphony Musicians Facebook, the group mourned Little's passing. "We are deeply saddened to report that bassist Jane Little passed away earlier this evening. She was a gem, a firecracker, and a pioneer for women in American symphony orchestras, and will be sorely missed."
This past February Little became the longest-serving orchestral player in the world after 71 years with the ASO.
GPB spoke with Little earlier this year as she reflected on her decades years of performing as well as her earliest days in the youth orchestra ensemble she joined in 1945 that soon evolved into the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.