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➾ Pipedreams playlist and episode information

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, August 14, 2016 Edit This

Symphonic Surprises

Tune in Sunday at 11 pm to hear works by the contemporary composer Carl Rütti and American Samuel Barber.

For Old Times' Sake

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Sunday at 11 pm, Michael Barone celebrates significant anniversaries from within the pipe organ world.


In Many Moods

Sunday, July 31, 2016

From dolorous laments to moments of whimsy to joyous revelry, host Michael Barone explores the range of emotion expressed by the pipe organ.


What's New, Two?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tune in Sunday at 11 pm as host Michael Barone samples more noteworthy recent recordings of organ music, reimagining historic works and discovering new ones.


New Recordings of Old Favorites

Sunday, July 17, 2016

This Sunday at 11 pm, host Michael Barone surveys new recordings of organ works, including pieces by J.S. Bach, Georg Böhm and many others.


Celebrating Bach

Sunday, July 10, 2016

This month, Michael Barone will be honoring the composer J.S. Bach, and Sunday at 11 pm, he'll present some of his most famous interpreters on the organ.

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Variations on America

Sunday, July 03, 2016

What defines American music? Sunday at 11 pm, host Michael Barone ventures to answer this question with works for organ by American composers.


Handel with Care

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tune in Sunday at 11 pm, as Michael Barone explores works by Handel, arrangements of his music, and pieces inspired by the composer played on period and modern organs.


Organ Plus

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tune in Sunday at 11 pm to hear what happens when the king of instruments joins forces with other members of the musical kingdom. Michael Barone hosts.


Organ Music in Real Time

Sunday, June 12, 2016

This Sunday at 11 pm, host Michael Barone presents live recordings of organ concerts, featuring musicians Susan Jane Matthews and Jonathan Gregoire.


Manifold Blessings

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Tune in Sunday at 11 pm to hear Michael Barone host performances played on new pipe organs from across the United Sates.


New From New Mexico

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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.