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 / Friday, February 05, 2016 Edit This

Some Southern Sonorities

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.


An International Christmas Celebration

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Pipedreams this week sends season's greetings from England, Iceland, France, Austria, Poland, Italy, Canada and the United States.


Rounding Up

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Pipedreams this week presents selected works by composers celebrating special centennial or sesqui-centennial anniversaries this year.



Sunday, November 29, 2015

Despite the organ's origins abroad, our resident American composers have rather nicely figured out the King of Instruments.


On Fire!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

This week on Pipedreams, take a listen to how an independent approach leads to compelling results in the hands of those who prefer doing it their way.


Prizewinners Perform

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Talented and aspiring young soloists show their promise as winners of various national and regional competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

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Visiting Britain

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Pipedreams this week presents a sampler of some of the instruments to be visited during theSpring 2016 Pipedreams Group Tour in northern England and Scotland.


Texas Treasures

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Pipedreams this week features selections from the increasingly popular festival devoted to Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs designed by Roy Perry.


Quotes from Raven

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pipedreams this week features recent selections from one of America's prime organ record labels, Raven, and conversations with its curator William Van Pelt.


Town Hall Treasures

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The tradition of grand pipe organs in civic halls seems to have been an English invention, one carried on successfully throughout the Empire and still maintained — and emulated — today.


From the Canadian International Organ Competition

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Pipedreams this week presents performances by prizewinners of the 2014 concours held in Montreal.


More Organ Plus

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Intriguing combinations of other musical friends add importantly to the organ’s public repertoire.


In Every Corner Sing!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pipedreams this week is raising the roof with soulful and sonorous scores for choirs, congregations, solo singers and organs.


Our Father

Sunday, September 20, 2015

One of the world's best known texts, "The Lord's Prayer," also provides us with glimpses into the composer's craft and the organ builder's art.


Prom-inent Pipes

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pipedreams visits the BBC Proms this week where classic repertoire, improvisations and unusual concerto provide opportunities for soloists on the mighty Royal Albert Hall organ.