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, December 21, 2014 Edit This

From Heaven Above

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.


At Saint Paul, in St. Paul's

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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.