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.

Host Michael Barone shares two programs of archival concert performances of Virtuous Virtuosos (7/12 & 7/19) during this time of isolation.

Host Michael Barone explores the pages of black notes symbolic of Max Reger's music, as he looks at Five not so easy pieces in the June 14th broadcast.

The magnificent Hazel Wright Memorial Organ, one of the largest in the world, was inaugurated into the Crystal Cathedral in May 1982. The organ was named for Hazel Wright of Chicago who, along with her husband, donated the funds for its purchase and upkeep. Restorations of this magnificent organ, took place in Italy in 2016. On May 10th Michael Barone reflects on the rededication.

Celebrate Earth Day with Pipedreams, April 2020

Mar 16, 2020

Earth Day is April 22nd. This year Pipedreams presents For the Beauty of the Earth, which will feature music celebrating the wonder of nature and the environment and all they do for us (4/26). 

4/5        Sonata for Everyone!  From Baroque beginnings to contemporary realizations, this classical format serves all.

4/12      Easter Music  Uplifting and engaging compositions for organs and voices to raise the spirits.

International Women's Day was created to commemorate the achievements of women around the world. During this women's history month, Pipedreams is participating in the celebration with Women Work on 3/8.

Pipedreams presents winners of Quimby-AGO Regional Competitions (American Guild of Organists). Let's travel to Community of Christ Auditorium in Missouri for performances by wonderful young organists. Join our two-week series for both 2/16 & 2/23, Sunday 8 PM.

Pipedreams in January 2020 takes us to Mexico where we'll explore some of the great organs like this 1788 Organ of the Oaxaca Cathedral (1/19).

12/1      Double Trouble?  Only good things happen when two organists share a single console!

12/8      Resourceful Resonances  A selection of recent, varied, and colorful pipe organs from around the United States.

12/15    For the Christmas Festival  A multi-generational sampler of festival holiday music from many lands.

12/22    Holiday Surprises  A diverting collection of rare and unusual music for the Christmas festival.

Meet Baylor University's petite powerhouse performer Isabelle Demers on the 11/10 broadcast.

This magnificent organ is in the St. Peter's Cathedral in Regensburg, Germany.  Host Michael Barone explores and shares organs from all over Germany in the Oct 13th broadcast.