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, November 29, 2015 Edit This


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.


Norwegians Would, Part II

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Pipedreams this week goes on another exploration of the organ art as practiced in distinctive fashion by soloists and composers from Norway.


Organ, Orchestra and Cameron Carpenter at Disney Hall

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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.