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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Sunday, November 06, 2011

This week's Pipedreams demonstrates that with a good theme, organist-composers can provide an exceptional ‘tour’ of the tonal resources of any instrument.


A Thousand Voices

Sunday, October 30, 2011

During this week's Pipedreams, familiar songs take on a new life in the hands of imaginative composers and agile performers playing upon an organ’s many pipes.


Beyond the Liszt List

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pipedreams continues our Franz Liszt Bicentennial tribute from last week with original scores and arrangements by Liszt and others that further realize the pipe organ’s promethean potential.

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A Liszt List

Sunday, October 16, 2011

This week’s Pipedreams joins in the bicentennial celebrations for Franz Liszt (1811-1886), who made the 19th century pipe organ a vehicle for virtuosos and for prayers.


Manifold Blessings

Sunday, October 09, 2011

This week's Pipedreams explores the communities that rejoice with diversely designed and recently installed pipe organs.

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Finnished Business

Sunday, October 02, 2011

This week's Pipedreams features performances by, and conversation with, the vigorous virtuoso from Finland, Kalevi Kiviniemi.


More from the BBC Prom

Sunday, September 25, 2011

On this week's Pipedreams soloists Thierry Escaich, David Goode and Thomas Trotter preside over England’s grandest concert organ in performances from London’s Royal Albert Hall.


The Wanamaker Organ at 100

Sunday, September 18, 2011

This week's Pipedreams is a centenary tribute to the world’s largest functioning musical instrument, a magnificent landmark at Macy’s downtown department store in Philadelphia.


September Canticles

Sunday, September 11, 2011

This week's Pipedreams features compositions of lament, reflection and healing in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001.


Organ Plus

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Whether combined with saxophone, brass ensemble, chamber orchestra or symphonic ensemble, the King of Instruments proves itself an able and amiable companion.


A Newman for All Seasons

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Performances by and conversation with the vibrant and provocative American virtuoso, composer and musicologist Anthony Newman.


High Fives

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Kurt Andersen and an all-star line up of writers and performers tell stories about the place where most of us live--The Suburbs.


From the BBC Proms

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Soloists Stephen Farr and David Goode figure in this first of two summer programs from England’s extraordinary music festival, highlighting the organ at Royal Albert Hall.


All That Jazz

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In swinging Bach arrangements, Fats Waller improvisations, and original new scores, the King of Instruments lets it all hang out.


Seeing is Believing

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Though organists often are invisible when they play, some recent DVD productions showcase both the performance and the performer.


Beyond Stars and Stripes

Sunday, July 10, 2011

On this week's episode of Pipedreams, we get a sampler of American music, both patriotic and sacred, in celebration of our nation’s favorite holiday.


Getting a Little Bossi

Sunday, June 26, 2011

This week, we have a sesquicentennial tribute to Marco Enrico Bossi [1861-1925] the composer, virtuoso, and teacher who ‘modernized’ the art of the organ in Italy with his passionate, romantic music.


In Memoriam Jean Langlais

Sunday, June 19, 2011

This week we continue our tribute to the famous blind French organist, master improviser and prolific composer, featuring performances and comments by his students, friends and wife.


The Next Generation

Sunday, June 12, 2011

This week, winners of the Mader Competition in California and the St. Alban’s Competition in England show a way to the future for the King of Instruments.


Off the Shelf

Sunday, June 05, 2011

This week on Pipedreams, we survey of some recent CD releases from American producers in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

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