Classical 91.5

Pipedreams with Michael Barone

Sundays, 8 to 10pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at
  • Hosted by Michael Barone

Pipedreams, which began production in 1982, remains the only nationally-distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ.  Host and senior executive producer Michael Barone has been recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music. 

Michael brought Pipedreams to Rochester in 2009 and again in 2016, recording Pipedreams Live programs featuring students and faculty from the Eastman School of Music in one of the most "remarkably popular and successful weekend organ festivals" ever.

6/6       Absolutely Grand  Whether in solo or with other instruments, the effect of the pipe organ is like no other.

6/13      Stringing Along  The combination of pipe organ with stringed instruments plays to the strengths of each.

6/20      Variations on a Theme  When you’ve got a good idea, you might as well make something of it!

6/27      Some Savory Sonatas  A classical form invented by Italians and perfected by Austro-Germans is embraced by everyone.

Specializing in and performing works written for four hands and four feet at one pipe organ console, Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault have made a monumental contribution to pipe organ repertoire through their commissioning, premiering, and recording of over sixty organ duets in a wide array of styles, from John Rutter and Stephen Paulus, to their own arrangements of Christmas carols, Wagner arias, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. We'll hear them perform on May 23rd at 8pm.

Pipedreams begins the month with uplifting works to raise the spirit. Sunday 4/4 @ 8pm.

Just one of the organs we'll hear on the March 14th broadcast as we celebrate J.S. Bach.  This is the organ at St. Martin Church, Zaltbommel, Netherlands.

Pipedreams celebrates African-American Heritage Month with four programs highlighting performers, composers (like David Hurd, pictured here) and music that is "A Diversity of Riches" - all month on Pipedreams.  Visit their new resource, African American Organ Composers.

Host Michael Barone reflects on 2020 with a summary of the year, and turns the page to 2021 with a fresh look at new year.

Pipedreams celebrates Beethoven's 250 as well as festive seasonal music from many lands and right here at home.

2020 is known as the year of Beethoven's 250th anniversary.  But Pipedreams host Michael Barone explores others born in the same year, such as the English born, American composer James Hewitt whose compositions fully imbrace the new young America which he called home.  Hear about them on the November 15th broadcast.

We'll hear from two famed Parisian composers for the organ - Francis Poulenc and Louis Vierne, 10/4 and 10/11. Here we see the famed Notre Dame Cathedral oran in Paris.

Rochester should feel proud of Eastman School of Music's Associate Professor of Organ and Internationally-recognized recitalist Nathan Laube, who makes an appearance on the 9/20/20 broadcast of Pipedreams.