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, June 28, 2015 Edit This

A Sonic Blockbuster

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.


Music for Easter

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Whether in Baroque chorale-preludes, Victorian anthems or contemporary meditations, compositions for Easter are always uplifting.


The Stations of the Cross

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pipedreams this week presents a presentation of Marcel Dupré’s provocative and profound musical interpretation of Paul Claudel’s vivid 14-poem cycle, "Le Chemin de la Croix."


Spring's Bach

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In celebration of the Vernal Equinox and a special birthday, we delight again in more of the ever resilient music of Johann Sebastian Bach.


Bach in America

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Although J.S. Bach's roots are inextricably in Central German soil, his music never ceases to flourish here in the United States.


Cleobury of King's

Sunday, March 08, 2015

After more than three decades as director of the Choir of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury knows his job and still keeps on his toes as an organ soloist.


Dupré and Rachmaninoff

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Pipedreams this week presents virtuosic music by two of the towering legends of the early 20th century keyboard, explored by Jeremy Filsell.


Miami Magic

Sunday, February 22, 2015

This week Pipedreams presents the finalists from the 2014 Miami International Organ Competition.


Happy Birthday, Hurricane Mama

Sunday, February 15, 2015

This week on Pipedreams, eight superb soloists celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iconic Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.


Getting Near

Sunday, February 08, 2015

This week Pipedreams features music and insights of a prominent American composer of organ and church music, Gerald Near.