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, March 29, 2015 Edit This

The Stations of the Cross

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.


Longwood Laureates

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Pipedreams presents youthful finalists in the first Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, which demonstrates the versatility of the conservatory’s 1930 Aeolian pipe organ.


Stephen's Points

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The unflappable American virtuoso Stephen Tharp talks about his career and introduces us to some pieces for which he has a strong attraction.


Minnesota Memories

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pipedreams this week presents archive performances by resident and visiting musicians recorded in the North Star State.


A Polish Pilgrimage

Sunday, January 11, 2015

In anticipation of Pipedreams's upcoming group tour of Poland, here’s a sampler of instruments in and compositions from the Republic of Poland.


The Organist’s Yearbook

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Pipedreams this week presents its traditional summing-up of some of the year’s activity in the world of the "King of Instruments."


From Heaven Above

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pipedreams borrows from an international collective of music old and new in celebration of the Christmas holiday.


Approaching Christmas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In anticipation of the holiday season, Pipedreams presents a collection of music with Advent themes.


Sunshine from San Diego

Sunday, December 07, 2014

This week's Pipedreams is in anticipation of the upcoming 100th birthday of America’s most popular outdoor pipe organ at the Spreckels Pavilion in Balboa Park.


New in Nashville

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pipedreams this week features concert performances and some engaging contemporary compositions from Tennessee’s Music City.


With Praise and Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 23, 2014

In anticipation of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Pipedreams this week presents works by American composers.


Walther, Williamson and Walcha

Sunday, November 16, 2014

This week on Pipedreams three wildly different composers, one from the German Baroque and a pair from 20th century Germany and England, make for interesting contrasts.


Texas Treasures

Sunday, November 09, 2014

This week hear a prelude to the upcoming East Texas Organ Festival, plus Pipedreams Live! visits to Dallas and Fort Worth.


Verizon Hall Spotlight

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Pipedreams this week select solos and works for organ and orchestra played on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Pipe Organ in Verizon Hall at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.