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, October 26, 2014 Edit This

At Saint Paul, in St. Paul's

Pipedreams this week presents recordings on the 1927 Skinner and 1963 Aeolian–Skinner organs in the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Paul, in Minnesota’s capital city.

From Darkness to Light

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pipedreams presents this week, music of contrast and contradiction featuring a progression of mood and spirit leading to revelation.


Some Anniversaries

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A selective collection of organ works by composers with significant birthdays observed during this year.


Oh, Canada

Sunday, October 05, 2014

This week Pipedreams features Canadian composers and performers in anticipation of the upcoming Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal.


Nordic Journey

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pipedreams visits with American soloist James Hicks, who leads us on an adventure amidst the organ repertoire of Scandinavia.


Kotzschmar Goings and Comings

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Archive recordings of the renowned Kotzschmar Memorial Organ at Merrill Auditorium in anticipation of the instrument's "grand reawakening" following a major two-year refurbishment.


Going On Record

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pipedreams this week features a selective international survey and review of some of the many recently released compact discs of organ music.


Organ and Piano

Sunday, September 07, 2014

In felicitous fraternization, wind-blown pipes and hammer-struck strings again prove themselves cordial artistic colleagues.


Telling Tales

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Some stories, with or without words, prove that music’s universal language is completely comprehensible.


Discovering Dieterich Buxtehude

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pipedreams explores the profoundly influential music of Dieterich Buxtehude, the “Great Dane” of the German Baroque organ scene.

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Cathedral Resonances

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sometimes lofty, sometimes light-hearted, the music featured this week on Pipedreams was either was inspired by and/or performed in an awesome ambience.


A Syracuse Organ Book

Sunday, August 10, 2014

With performances on four instruments in a picturesque New York university town, Pipedreams this week explores a collection of creative contemporary compositions in anticipation of an upcoming Organ Historical Society convention.


A Sonic Blockbuster

Sunday, August 03, 2014

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


Bach's the Best

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Whether on historic instruments in his homeland, a Catholic church in New Orleans, or in a Japanese concert hall, nothing quite satisfies like the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.


From the Mailbag

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pipedreams receives a surprising amount of unexpected submissions, some rather home-spun, but many with interesting stories behind them.


The Best Feet Forward

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pipedreams is putting the pedal to the metal with these compositions that make extraordinary use of the organist's feet, which often play the music all by themselves.


An Independence Day Celebration

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Pipedreams this week presents performances from the annual Fourth of July concerts held at Washington National Cathedral in our nation's capital.

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In Concert

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The palpable excitement of a live performance is conveyed through these recital appearances by Nathan Laube, Ken Cowan, Carlo Curley, Andrew Kotylo and Vincent Dubois.


Hooked on Boston

Sunday, June 22, 2014

On the eve of the 2014 American Guild of Organists convention, we enjoyed historic instruments by the Boston builders Elias and George Hook, recorded in and around Boston during an Organ Historical Society Convention.


The American Influence

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The traditions of organ music may be international, yet American composers have found their own unique voices.


Fireworks and Dreams

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Host Michael Barone presents music and conversation featuring internationally touring British recitalist Christopher Herrick, in celebration of his years as a recording artist.