Kendall Todd

Production Assistant

Kendall Todd grew up in San Diego, California, and is asked every day why she left. She is a graduate of Tufts University with degrees in French and International Relations. Her interest in music began at age 7, when she went to a Christmas pops concert and got to hold a violin in an instrument petting zoo; she fell in love, and the rest is history. She played in the San Diego Youth Symphony and the Tufts Symphony Orchestra, and especially enjoys being in string quartets. Outside of classical music, her hobbies include arguing about politics, binge-listening to history or science podcasts, and trying every locally-owned coffee shop in the Greater Boston Area. At WCRB, she does a little bit of everything, from behind-the-scenes tasks to filling in for current hosts.

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Mysterious ancient stones, a European tour gone off the rails, the "world's fastest" violinist... this link roundup covers all weird and wonderful stories from the week in classical music.

Photo of Fleming courtesy of the artist / Photo of Moore by Gordon Correll

Buckle up, because this link roundup goes places, baby. Here are some of our favorite stories from this week on the classical music internet.

Clara Schumann. Engraved portrait by Em. Raerentzen & Co., 1842 / Yale University Library
Yale University Library

Clara the colossus. Clara the champion. Clara the brilliant, Clara the brave, Clara the soloist with tears in her eyes and a wistful melody at her fingertips. Clara the composer-pianist-publicist-agent-critic-financier, Clara the beauty, Clara the wit, Clara the genius, mother, friend, mentor, muse, legacy-builder, icon. Clara Wieck Schumann, all these things and more, turns 199 today.

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In an "oh-my-god-there's-so-much-news" week like this one, a few stories are bound to fly under the radar. Here's what we loved this week from the world of classical music! 

The classical music world is full of weird birthday confluences. J.S. Bach and Modest Mussorgsky share a birthday. Brahms and Verdi share a birthday week. And so do two modern superstars of the classical music world, conductor Seiji Ozawa and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

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