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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An American Organist's Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2013

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


The English Nativity Festival

Monday, December 16, 2013

Choirs and organists share a bountiful repertoire drawn from many years of the British holiday tradition of the English nativity.


A Swiss Mix

Monday, December 09, 2013

Pipedreams presents a sampler of instruments in Basel, Arlesheim, Neuchatel, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Romainmotier, Lausanne, Sion, Lucerne, Zurich and many other venues along the way to be explored during the upcoming Pipedreams tour of Switzerland in May 2014.


Assessing Alkan

Monday, December 02, 2013

Pipedreams does a bicentennial review of some intriguing compositions by the reclusive and legendary 19th century virtuoso Charles-Valentin Alkan.


Britain's Great Britten

Monday, November 25, 2013

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Pipedreams presents a select survey of some sacred music written by one of the 20th century’s most honored composers, Benjamin Britten.


The Winds of Aeolus

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pipedreams presents a glimpse at some intriguing repertoire and exquisite recordings made by engineer-producer Christoph Frommen for his Aeolus Music label.


Kney Sayers

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pipedreams presents positive returns from the numerous soloists who have presented concerts on the instrument Gabriel Kney built for the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn.


Outside the Box

Monday, November 04, 2013

Pipedreams this week features prize–winning young organists who explore intriguing repertoire beyond the same–old–same–old.

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On Middle Ground

Monday, October 28, 2013

From Minnesota down to Louisiana, "the king of instruments" has many exemplary representatives in the central segment of our United States.


From the Opera Box

Monday, October 21, 2013

Transcriptions and arrangements of select solos and scenes from the lyric stage seem perfectly at home in the organ loft, too.


'The Only Crayfish in My Brook'

Monday, October 14, 2013

On this week's Pipedreams, host Michael Barone makes a centenary salute to Johann Sebastian Bach's favorite and most prolific student, Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713–1780).


Unlocking Locklair

Monday, October 07, 2013

This week Pipedreams focuses on the man behind the organ, prolific American composer Dan Locklair.


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.