Airs Sundays at 11 pm on WQXR.

Celebrating more than twenty-five years on the air, Pipedreams is the only weekly radio program that explores the full range of the art and potential of the pipe organ.

Each week, Pipedreams host Michael Barone shares selected organ works and performances, and in doing so, encourages listeners to engage both their ears and imaginations to gain greater appreciation of this instrument. He talks with composers, organists, organ builders and restorers. The show features brand new instruments in churches and concert halls, plus historic pipe organs recorded in locations around the world, from ancient instruments in vast cathedrals to the “mighty Wurlitzers” of movie house fame.

“Pipedreams engages a wide range of listeners—not just organists—and that is the magic and the beauty of it. Pipedreams is not only an ongoing course in organ repertoire, but it is also a door for people who have never yet heard a pipe organ or gone to an organ recital.” —The American Organist Magazine

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Latest Episode / Sunday, May 29, 2016 Edit This

New From New Mexico

Sunday at 11 pm, Michael Barone introduces organs from Albuquerque in the Land of Enchantment.  

Reger Remembered

Sunday, May 15, 2016

In honor of Max Reger, who died 100 years ago this month, Michael Barone celebrates the composer's work for organ.


Revisiting Marcel Dupré

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Host Michael Barone plays selections from a new 10-CD set, featuring composer and organist Marcel Dupré's historical recordings, and speaks to figures behind the project.


A Houston Organ Prelude

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Tune in Sunday at 11 pm to hear Michael Barone preview the instruments that will be featured during next month's national convention of the American Guild of Organists.


More Winds from Aeolus

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tune in Sunday at 11 pm as host Michael Barone invites audio producer Christoph Frommen to discuss his recent projects he's worked on for the Aeolus lable


Brass Tracks II

Sunday, April 17, 2016

This week, Michael Barone looks at the musical repertory for organ and brass instruments from the Baroque to more contemporary works. 


On a Spring Note

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Tune in Sunday at 11 pm for a meditation on seasonal music, including a transcription of Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' for pipe organ.


The Phillips Factor

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Tune in at 11 pm on Sunday as the accomplished organist, Margaret Phillips, joins Michael Barone on an exploration of the pipe organ repertory.


Michael Barone Presents Easter Pipe Organ Music

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Michael Barone hosts a special holiday episode of Pipedreams, featuring lesser-known Easter works written for pipe organ.


Johann and Max

Sunday, March 20, 2016

In honor of Max Reger's and J.S. Bach's birthdays, Michael Barone presents a program featuring fugues, toccatas and chorales by both composers for the pipe organ. 


More March Marches and Corteges

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tune in at 11 pm Sunday as Michael Barone ushers in a warmer season with a number of energetic marches to help put a spring in your step.


Theatre Pipes

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Ken Double of the American Theatre Organ Society joins host Michael Barone to explore the use of the instrument in popular musical entertainment and show tunes.


Pipedreams Live at Broadway Baptist

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Host Michael Barone visits the largest organ in Texas at Broadway Baptist Church for this program recorded live in Fort Worth. 


Various Variants

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Michael Barone traces the evolution of musical themes and variations in organ music on this week's Pipedreams.


Some Southern Sonorities

Friday, February 05, 2016

This week, Pipedreams journeys to the Carolinas, visiting organs at Winthrop University and churches in Charlotte, N.C. 


The Glories of Great Britain

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pipedreams visits organs of Northern England and Scotland in this program devoted to British composers.


The Miller's Tale

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pipedreams this week features conversations with, plus compositions and improvisations by, the versatile and remarkable Minnesota-based organist Aaron David Miller.


In Concert

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Pipedreams this week explores music old and new, introduces artists youthful and revered, and revels in fiery virtuosity — all on display in live performances.


What's New?

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Pipedreams gets the New Year off to a fine start with a survey of some recent compact disc releases.


An Organist's Yearbook

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Pipedreams presents its annual Olde Yeare-New Year reflection with highlights from recent recordings, concert excerpts, prize-winning performances, memorial tributes and more.


Holiday Portraits

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Christmas festival is rich with pictorial implications that composers have interpreted with intriguing ingenuity.