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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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.


New from New Mexico

Monday, November 12, 2012

This week Pipedreams presents premiere performances and first recordings featuring music and musicians in Albuquerque.


The Man from Alsace

Monday, November 05, 2012

Pipedreams hosts a 70th birthday tribute to Daniel Roth, organist of the Parisian church of Saint Sulpice.


Minnesota Music

Monday, October 29, 2012

Music from Minnesota with concert performances on instruments by Daniel Jaeckel, Reuter and the Schantz Organ Company in Duluth, Richfield and New Ulm.


Appreciating Some American Classics

Monday, October 22, 2012

Organist and archivist Lorenz Maycher reflects on the heritage of Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs.


Rachel's Children

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pipedreams presents performances and compositions by one of Canada's foremost musical talents, Rachel Laurin.


Some Last Curley Cues

Monday, October 08, 2012

Pipedreams pays tribute to a great American virtuoso, the outspoken and charismatic organist and entertainer Carlo Curley (1952-2012).


Beyond Boëllmann

Monday, October 01, 2012

To celebrate his sesquicentennial, Pipedreams goes beyond the famous Gothic Suite to reveal other facets of the intriguing French composer, Leon Boëllmann (1862-1897).


Cameron Carpenter at the BBC Proms

Monday, September 24, 2012

One of the world's most exciting organ virtuosos, Cameron Carpenter, plays a mostly-Bach program (with a twist) on the great organ at Royal Albert Hall.


Exploring Italy

Monday, September 17, 2012

With Francesco Cera as our guide, we investigate the organ art in the land that virtually 'invented music.'