Michael Barone

About Pipedreams

Sundays at 9 pm.

Organists have a world of music at their fingertips. They talk about a kind of musical rapture they experience when they play a work really well. Get a glimpse of the divine every week on Pipedreams from American Public Media. Host Michael Barone shares organ works and performances and talks with composers, organists, organ builders, and restorers. The show features brand new instruments in churches and concert halls, plus recordings of historic pipe organs in locations around the world, from ancient instruments in vast cathedrals to the "mighty Wurlitzers" of movie house fame. Whether you're a long-time fan of organ music or just learning about this diverse instrument, you’ll enjoy Pipedreams. For playlist information, and to hear the program again click on the link at the top of this page. Dates listed on that page are six days before the broadcast date on Classical 89.

Program Schedule

On Board for Ohio


A preview of coming attractions during the 2020 Organ Historical Society National Convention in and around Columbus, OH.

The Sounds of Summer Suspended?


We highlight a few of the famous pipe organs for which the summer season usually is particularly active.

Five (Not So) Easy Pieces


A reflection on the effusive art of Max Reger, whose pages may be black with notes but also colorful with emotion.



A selective review of intriguing and recent compact disc releases.

More Modern Music Makers


A deliciously diverse display of newer pipe organs at home and abroad.

The American Muse


Let’s delight in American composers during our American holiday week.

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