Elizabeth Schwartz's program notes combine a compelling writing style with extensive musical expertise and her work provides both musical and historical contexts. She has the unique ability to write notes that appeal to a wide range of audiences, from season subscribers to those attending their first symphony concert.
- Gregory Vajda
Principal Conductor, Hungarian Radio Symphony
Elizabeth Schwartz worked with me for nearly a decade. I first met her when I was the Editor of (then) NPR’s Performance Today and was looking for classical music writers who were also great storytellers. She wrote scripts for me as a freelancer, and later on wrote scripts for a radio series about America’s Music Festivals. Liz’s writing sparkles and yet it has a solid musicological foundation. She is knowledgeable, a good researcher, ultra-diligent, and has never missed a deadline. A real pro!
Executive Producer, Sweet Bird Classics
Producer, Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcasts (retired)
Hello – my wife and I live in Canada, and decided to go to Portland, Oregon, a few weeks back. While there, we arranged to hear the Benjamin Britten violin concerto and the Mahler 1st symphony. It was a fabulous experience, particularly for me, as I am a violinist and had heard a lot of Britten’s music when at school in the UK. We particularly enjoyed the notes on the Britten, which my wife downloaded in advance.
- email from Oregon Symphony patron, 2012