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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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.


French Sweets

Monday, May 06, 2013

Groups of brief, characterful movements proved a good recipe for organ composers in France, and they stuck with it through centuries.

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Museum Pieces Revisited

Monday, April 29, 2013

Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and Cincinnati's Museum Center at Union Terminal reveal two sides of the American organ builder's craft.


April Love

Monday, April 22, 2013

A sentiment-rich collection of 'songs from the heart' recorded in theaters, museums, private music studios and churches.


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.