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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Sounds from Sweden

Monday, April 15, 2013

Composers and performers showcase the traditions of organ music in Stockholm and beyond.


Earning the Prize

Monday, April 08, 2013

From Miami to Syracuse, N.Y., to Appleton, Wis., young performers show how their special talents won them special notice.


Let the Round Earth Rejoice

Monday, April 01, 2013

With hymns, chorales, chants and organ solos, Pipedreams this week reflects on spring's rebirth at Easter.

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Maximum Reger, Finesse and the Fury

Monday, March 18, 2013

Although his pages often contain a tumult of notes, Max Reger's compositions also encompass magical moments of reflection and compassion.


In the News

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pipedreams presents performances on recently inaugurated instruments in Nashville, Chicago and Shreveport, La.

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Town Hall Organist Thomas Trotter

Monday, March 04, 2013

Pipedreams presents performances by and conversation with England's Thomas Trotter, Birmingham City Organist.



Monday, February 25, 2013

What started out as a suspect Spanish "walking dance," over the years has evolved into one of classical music's most profound genres.


Some American Classics

Monday, February 18, 2013

From three centuries of compositions, this week Pipedreams offers an overview of the 'old-world' organ art as practiced in the 'new world'.

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Give 'em Elmore

Monday, February 04, 2013

Pipedreams offers a centenary tribute to imaginative and virtuosic American composer-organist Robert Elmore (1913-1985).


Our Spanish Steps

Monday, January 28, 2013

In anticipation of Pipedreams' upcoming tour, this week's episode is an introduction to the Iberian organ experience.


Chorale Preludes

Monday, January 21, 2013

Across many generations, songs of faith have provided composers with familiar themes to embellish.


Women at Work

Monday, January 14, 2013

Pipedreams puts the focus on female practitioners of the organ art, featured as recital soloists and composers (sometimes simultaneously).


An Organist's Yearbook

Monday, January 07, 2013

Pipedreams presents its annual Olde Yeare-New Year reflection, with highlights from recent recordings, concert excerpts, prize-winning performances and more.


From English Chapels and Cathedrals

Monday, December 31, 2012

Glorious sounds resound in historic buildings, a testament to the richness of a centuries-old musical art.


An American Organist's Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012

Performers, composers, arrangers, and instrument builders join in providing music for the holiday celebration.


International Holiday Sampler

Monday, December 17, 2012

Pipedreams takes a multi-cultural exploration of diverse musicks for the Festival of the Nativity.


Noëls and Chorales

Monday, December 10, 2012

A collection of seasonal melodies elaborated in the French and German traditions.


Open Microphone

Monday, December 03, 2012

This week's Pipedreams features performances from Wisconsin, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota showcasing organists in concert.


The American Muse

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pipedreams presents a multi-generational exploration amidst contributions to the organ's repertoire by American composers.


David Briggs

Monday, November 19, 2012

Multi-faceted English organist David Briggs, concertizes, improvises, transcribes and composes with equal enthusiasm.