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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Spring is Here

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Whether in pagan ritual, songs of sunshine, spiritual revival or April showers, we enjoy the sweet music -- and breezes -- of springtime music.


Prayers and Alleluias

Sunday, April 08, 2012

This Easter weekend, Pipedreams features transformative and uplifting music in observance of the Christian festival of Resurrection.

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Out of the Depths

Sunday, April 01, 2012

This week's Pipedreams looks at meditations from the dark side by Bach, Sweelinck, Daveluy and Grunenwald, somber music of sadness, solace and strength.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

With vibrant performances and exquisite instrumental sonorities, this week's Pipedreams delights in the work of history’s foremost composer for the pipe organ.


Bach Up

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Enjoy a collection of classic and contemporary interpretations of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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The American Organ Institute

Sunday, March 11, 2012

This week Pipedreams visits the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., to investigate a path-breaking new curriculum of organ study begun by professor John Schwandt.


The Now Generation

Sunday, February 26, 2012

This week, youthful performers, filled with enthusiasm, carry the King of Instruments with them into the 21st Century.


The Canadian International Organ Competition 2011

Sunday, February 19, 2012

This week’s program features the prize-winners of the 2011 Canadian International Organ Competition, the premiere North American contest for young talents in Montreal.


Old is New

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The instruments at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and the Catholic Cathedral in La Crosse, Wis., demonstrate two divergent ways of approaching the "classical organ."

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Sassy Brassy

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Beyond the pipe organ’s own resources, the sounds of additional trumpets, trombones and horns lend an extra dimension to the sonic spectrum.

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Double Duty

Sunday, January 22, 2012

When two keyboard talents team up, the repertoire provides for some very intriguing results.


Jeremy Filsell, Artist At Large

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jeremy Filsell, the canny British-born recitalist and musician-in-residence at Washington National Cathedral, has made an international reputation with his recordings, arrangements and compelling performances.


The Elusive English Organ

Sunday, January 08, 2012

As a prelude to the Spring 2012 Pipedreams Tour in the United Kingdom, this week’s program features a sampler of instruments old and new (and performers youthful and mature).


An Organist’s Yearbook

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Pipedreams hosts its annual end-of-the-year reflection program with highlights from recent recordings, concert excerpts, prize-winning performances and more.

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On Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Magical music, both old and new, adds immeasurably to the spirit of the Nativity Festival.

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For Unto Us

Sunday, December 18, 2011

In the spirit of the season, composers and performers from at home and abroad explore diverse compositions in celebration of the gift of Christmas.


A French Christmas Party

Sunday, December 11, 2011

From the countryside to the city, this week’s Pipedreams offers a collection of old noëls in settings from three centuries.


Centennial Celebrities

Sunday, December 04, 2011

As the year comes to a close, this week’s Pipedreams features a collection of music by composers (mostly) with important birthday anniversaries in the year 2011.


Pipedreams Live! in Dallas

Sunday, November 27, 2011

This week features performances by soloists from Dallas and Fort Worth in concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

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Solid Gold(bergs)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

This week’s Pipedreams is a collaborative offering of Bach’s famous and thought-provoking set of variations, plus other works in "G."