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, August 30, 2015 Edit This

Organ, Orchestra and Cameron Carpenter at Disney Hall

At Walt Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles, an iconic instrument, fiery conductor, iconoclastic soloist and probing new score make for some memorable listening.

John Scott, In Memoriam

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pipedreams this week pays tribute to the artistry of English-born organist and choral conductor John Scott, who died unexpectedly at age 59 on Aug. 12, 2015.


Salt Lake Celebration

Sunday, August 16, 2015

This week on Pipedreams, hear excerpts from inaugural concerts played on new Utah-built Michael Bigelow pipe organs at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral and St. Ambrose Catholic Church.

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Some Maine Lines

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Pipedreams this week features harmonious counterpoint played on historic instruments, including the recently restored Kotzschmar Organ in Portland, Maine.


Fireworks and Dreams

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Pipedreams this week features internationally touring British recitalist Christopher Herrick, in celebration of his 40th anniversary as a recording artist.



Sunday, July 26, 2015

This week on Pipedreams, composers from four centuries create energetic musical manifestations of a timeless, singular song of praise.


Surprise Bachs!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Whether in recently discovered scores, unusual arrangements or pieces forgotten in dark corners, the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach always delights.


The Marshall Plan

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pipedreams this week features performances by and conversation with one of today’s most dynamic organ virtuosos, Wayne Marshall.    


American Aspirations

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Pipedreams this week features imaginative composers and performers exploring the varied opportunities of "the king of instruments."


A Sonic Blockbuster

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pipedreams this week blends a huge romantic pipe organ into a full symphonic wind and percussion ensemble, with clearly audible results.


Am I Blue?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Who knew that when wind blew through an organ’s pipes the results would be, among other things, "the blues?"


Musical Miscellanies

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Pipedreams this week features bit of this and a bit of that, from Bach to Boëllmann, and enjoys organs and repertoire from diverse destinations.


Cathedral Centenary Celebration

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Pipedreams this week features concert performances from the renovated organs at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Minnesota’s capital city.


Classic Concertos

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Since the 18th century, the combination of organ with other instrumental ensembles has provided many good vibes.


Tongues of Fire

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pipedreams this week presents intriguing, invigorating and inflammable compositions on themes for the Feast of Pentecost.


Thomas Trotter at the Kimmel Center

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pipedreams this week presents a concert performance by one of England’s foremost virtuosos, featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in Philadelphia’sVerizon Hall.


Strange Friends

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Along with the usual sorts of musical hookups, the pipe organ gets along pretty well with guitar, panflute, bassoon and taragot.


Midwestern Marvelous

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Pipedreams this week presents concert performances of American music from an American Guild of Organists convention in the Minnesota twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.


Toccatas, Again

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The toccata, the original "touch piece," has manifested itself in many different ways, dependent on time and place.


Americans Abroad

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Though relatively few in number, some significant instruments by organ builders from the U. S. have found themselves as musical ambassadors in foreign settings.


Polish(ed) Gems

Sunday, April 12, 2015

This week Pipedreams focuses on a collection of compositions, instruments and performers from Poland.