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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.

Pipedreams, October 2018: A Visit to East Texas

Oct 1, 2018

Tune into Michael Barone's 10/14 show, as he revisits moments from East Texas' 2017 Pipe Organ Festival in anticipation of the 2018 event. This five-day gathering features renowned organists from around the world, including Graham Barber and Johann Vexo. 

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The 2000 Fritts at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton.

From New York to Wisconsin: Pipedreams for August 2018

Jul 30, 2018
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Cornell University in Ithaca, New York is lucky enough to have four organs ranging from the 18th to the 20th century. How do these organs vary from the two organs in the Catholic Cathedral in La Crosse, Wisconsin? Tune in August 5th to find out!  

8/5        Old Is New  Instruments at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and the Catholic Cathedral in La Crosse, Wisconsin demonstrate two divergent ways of approaching the “classical organ.”

Pipedreams July 2018 Goes North: Canada Day

Jun 25, 2018

Happy Canada Day! June 1st is the National Day of Canada, and to celebrate our North American counterparts, Pipedreams will feature Candian composers and performers. Canada Day celebrates the unification of the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single country on June 1st, 1867. 

7/1        Oh Canada!  In celebration of the national holiday of our neighbor-to-the-north, this collection of Canadian composers and performers for Canada Day.

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6/3       Fabulous Philadelphia    Guest soloists alone, and with the Philadelphia Orchestra, make the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ (by Dobson) shine at Verizon Hall.

6/10      Concerts at the Kimmel Center    Archive performances featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Pipe Organ (by Dobson) in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall.

6/17      Oberlin Revisited I    Performances by and conversation with students of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

American Guild of Organists

Host Michael Barone looks back at performances from the Houston AGO in 2016, while looking forward to Kansas City AGO 2018.

5/6     Houston AGO 2016 (III)  Mostly new music performances from the 2016 national convention of the
American Guild of Organists in Houston, TX.

5/13    Kansas City, Here We Come!  A prelude to the upcoming national convention of the American Guild of Organists in and around Kansas City (July 1-6, 2018).

Pipedreams: April 2018

Mar 26, 2018

4/1       To Rise and Shine . . . celebrations and reflections for the Easter season.

4/8        A Little Knight Music. . . exploring the sonatas of August Gottfried Ritter and other music with knightly references.

4/15      Houston AGO 2016 (II). . . more performances from the 2016 national convention of the American

Guild of Organists in Houston, TX.

4/22      Ladies, Be Good! . . . across the centuries, women composers have shared their exceptional creativity.

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

3/4       Organ And  A program of repertoire in which the pipe organ engages diverse instrumental colleagues in conversation.

3/11      Working Women  In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (3/8/18), a collection of women composers and performers.  (Including Chelsea Chen, pictured here.)

3/18      Buxtehude, Before and After  Danish recitalist Bine Bryndorf provides an in-depth assessment of the greatest organ composer before Bach

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2/4 The Younger Generation  Performers and composers ‘of a certain age’ show continued interest in the King of Instruments.  Specific listings that include more Rochester performers.  2/11 The Eastman Kids at Sacred Heart Cathedral  More exceptional student performances from a Pipedreams Live!

In April 2016, Michael Barone brought Pipedreams Live to Rochester, where Justin LaVoie was guest performer on the mighty Wurlitzer organ at the Auditorium Theatre for the Rochester Theater Organ Society.  The Jan 28th program Pipedreams Live!