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, September 14, 2014 Edit This

Going On Record

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.


Austria Revisited

Sunday, June 01, 2014

This week's program highlights some musical memories featuring artists and instruments enjoyed during the 2009 Pipedreams Tour.


From Colleges, Castles and Cathedrals

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The splendid sounds of organs in the British Isles resonate with pleasurable grandeur this week on Pipedreams.


Travels in Switzerland

Sunday, May 18, 2014

For those who stayed at home, this week's program is a musical diversion to accompany the current Pipedreams group tour.


A Dupré Collection

Sunday, May 11, 2014

From the pen of one of the great 20th century virtuosos, Marcel Dupré, Pipedreams presents music to challenge the technique of performers and engage the imagination of listeners.


Conventional Wisdom: Capital Treasures

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Pipedreams presents more unique concert performances, this time from the 2010 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Washington, D.C.


Hector Olivera in Concert

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The irrepressible and ever imaginative concert artist Hector Olivera takes a turn at the console of the pipe organ Lyle Blackinton made at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.