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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A Julliard Student Showcase

Monday, September 30, 2013

This week members of Paul Jacob's organ studio at the Juilliard School present a 'Pipedreams Live' concert at Alice Tully Hall.  


From the BBC Proms

Monday, September 23, 2013

This week's performances come from the world’s most popular classical music festival, the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

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Historical Eclecticism in Houston

Monday, September 09, 2013

This week's performances hail from a recent conference on organ building and playing in Houston, Texas. 


Regent's Review

Monday, September 02, 2013

This week Pipedreams features a selective survey of some recent releases from notable English label, Regents Records, with music from Durham, Ely, Oxford, York and Bristol.


Works by Women

Monday, August 26, 2013

In anticipation of Women's Equality Day, Pipedreams presents a program showcasing female composers and organists.


Purvis Pieces

Monday, August 19, 2013

Pipedreams presents a centenary tribute to the celebrated San Francisco organist-composer Richard Purvis (1913-1994).


New Sounds from Saint Mark's

Monday, August 12, 2013

Through solos and choral accompaniments, resident and guest artists showcase the 2012 Foley-Baker rebuild of the Welte-Möller organ at the Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis.


Organ and Friends

Monday, August 05, 2013

This week, Pipedreams is having a great time up in the organ loft, with clarinet, trombone, cello, and brass ensemble.


Bach Looks Back

Monday, July 29, 2013

During his later Leipzig years, J.S. Bach revised and prepared a diverse collection of chorale preludes that were his final testament in this format.

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Concert Flashbacks

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pipedreams presents a roundup of live performance events on interesting instruments from throughout the United States.


At the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Monday, July 15, 2013

This week's Pipedreams comes from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, and features solo performances of music from France and a pair of American concertos from the American Guild of Organists’ 2004 national convention, featuring the eye- and ear-catching Glatter-Götz/Rosales organ.


Homeland Security

Monday, July 08, 2013

This week, Pipedreams celebrates the Fourth of July with the good feeling generated by the diverse and creative works of American composers.



Monday, July 01, 2013

Concertos with an organ and orchestra, first explored in the 18th century, have generated plenty of sizzle in more recent times.


Cathedral Resonances

Monday, June 24, 2013

On this week's Pipedreams, host Michael Barone explores the splendid sound of organ music in American cathedrals in Seattle, San Francisco, Wilkes-Barre, Toledo, Buffalo and the Twin Cities.


Georgia On My Mind

Monday, June 17, 2013

Classical and theatre organists, and some young competition winners, provide sounds from the deep south.


Nor'eastern Winds

Monday, June 10, 2013

This week, the lively and lovely voices of resilient American pipe organs are celebrated by the Organ Historical Society throughout New England.


Pipedreams Live! in Rochester, Part 2

Monday, June 03, 2013

Pipedreams returns to upstate New York for performances by students and faculty of the Eastman School of Music recorded during a remarkably popular and successful weekend organ festival.


Pipedreams Live! in Rochester, Part 1

Monday, May 27, 2013

Recorded live, this week's Pipedreams features performances by students and faculty of the Eastman School of Music during a remarkably popular and successful weekend organ festival.


A Wagner Bicentennial Celebration

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pipedreams showcases music by the foremost 19th century composer who did not write for the pipe organ: Richard Wagner.


Going Organic

Monday, May 13, 2013

Pipedreams this week presents an international sampler of recent pipe organ installations in Virginia, New Jersey, Louisiana and England.