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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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.'


By the Hundreds

Monday, September 10, 2012

This week's Pipedreams honors composers whom we celebrate for significant anniversaries this year.


Dance Party

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Contrary to common opinion, the supposedly staid old pipe organ can, when it wishes, get down and boogie.


Revisiting England

Monday, August 20, 2012

From Bath and Bristol to under the big dome of Saint Paul’s, Pipedreams reflects on its spring tour in Britain.


(Not Your Average) Sunday Music

Monday, August 13, 2012

Pipedreams takes a listen to several select and sonorous scores that explore the notion of "sacred" from a different point of view.


Going on Record

Monday, August 06, 2012

This week, Pipedreams spends some time reviewing recent CD releases, testament to the incredible international activity or organ builders, performers and audio producers.


Organ Plus

Monday, July 30, 2012

This week, a diverse collection of other musical friends teams up with the "King of Instruments" to make a glorious noise.


You Can Go Home Again

Monday, July 23, 2012

This week’s Pipedreams features excerpts from a weekend of special Pipedreams Live! events with host Michael Barone in his “home town” territory, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region of northeastern Pennsylvania.


Portland’s Pipes

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pipedreams hosts a prelude to the upcoming centenary of the oldest working municipal pipe organ in the United States, the famed Kotzschmar Memorial Organ in Merrill Auditorium, the pride of Portland, Ma.


Celebrating Emma Lou Diemer

Monday, July 09, 2012

Pipedreams presents a celebration of the life and work of the industrious and indefatigable American composer Emma Lou Diemer, with comment, compact discs and concert performances.


Oh, Canada!

Monday, July 02, 2012

Pipedreams presents a collection of Canadian composers, competition winners, and pipe organs in celebration of Canada Day (July 1).


Variations on America

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pipedreams explores the impressions made by American composers.


Organ Concertos by JC Bach, Hindemith and Tapray

Sunday, June 17, 2012

This week, an exploration of some unusual items found amidst the remarkably rich repertoire of music for organ with orchestra.


A la Francaix

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pipedreams presents a delectation of French music, with particular emphasis on the organ works of the late Jean Francaix.

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