Classical 91.5


It's October! It may seem early to be listening to Christmas music, but perhaps it would be something George Eastman would do. The philanthropist is known for his love of music and often listened to his pipe organ while eating breakfast, reading newspapers, or meeting with business associates.

A new album called "An Eastman Christmas" includes 24 holiday tunes played on Eastman's Aeolian pipe organ. It's part of the upcoming holiday celebrations at the Eastman Museum.

We listen to some music and discuss how Eastman's legacy continues to impact the Rochester community. In studio:

  • Jack Garner, retired national film critic for Gannett Newspapers, passionate Eastman supporter, and recipient of the Eastman Medal
  • Bonnie Garner, president of the George Eastman Museum Council and museum trustee
  • Joe Blackburn, George Eastman Museum volunteer organist featured in "An Eastman Christmas," and leading authority on the Aeolian pipe organ
  • Kathy Connor, curator of the legacy collection at the George Eastman Museum

What do you think of when you think of the musical instrument we know as an organ?  Do you think of the "king of instruments" often in a church with large wooden or shiny pipes reaching toward the heavens? ...a theater organ used to accompany silent movies? ...a monkey organ?  ...or are you instantly returned to your childhood with memories of riding a carousel?

The St. Albans International Organ Festival was founded in 1963 by British organist and composer Peter Hurford. Every two years, the historic city about 20 miles north of London hosts concerts, lectures, an art exhibit, a fringe festival, and a multi-round competition that elicits entries from young organists all over the world.

June 2017 Pipedreams Programs

May 29, 2017

6/4        Hey, Louis, Louis A tribute to the memory of composer Louis Vierne (1870-1937), master of the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

6/11      Pipedreams Live! at the Meyerson Symphony Center Adventuresome repertoire is explored by
four outstanding Texas organ soloists.

6/18      Father Knows Best Equalizing any potential clergy/musician power struggle, our performers here all are men of the cloth.

May 2017 Pipedreams Programs

May 1, 2017

For much of the time, John Weaver had a triple-gig schedule, holding down a full-time church position while teaching in two different cities on his days off, at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia from 1972 to 2003 and at the Juilliard School in Manhattan from 1987 to 2004.  Read more about the inspirational teacher, church musician, composer, and performer here.

April 2017 Pipedreams Programs

Mar 28, 2017

4/2        The Three “B”s (III) – Johannes Brahms (d. 4-3-1897)   Youthful masterpieces inspired by Bach, his last compositions, and other surprises.

4/9        Miscellanea Organistica  With so many intriguing items slipping between the cracks of our  awareness, we thought we might share some overlooked treasures here.

4/16      An Easter Bouquet  Music of profound introspection and overt rejoicing for the Christian
Resurrection festival.

January 2017 Listings for Pipedreams

Dec 26, 2016

Happy birthday, Pipedreams!  This month, the program turns 30 and host Michael Barone takes listeners on a journey through the history of the show.

December 2016 Program Listings for Pipedreams

Nov 29, 2016

Organ Christmas Music is the most joyful expression of the season, and there's no better way to listen than Pipedreams on Classical 91.5

12/4      In Anticipation  Music on themes for the season of Advent, heralding the coming of Christmas.  Featuring music old and new from Buxtehude and Bach to Sowerby and Schwandt performed on beautiful instruments from around the United States all to celebrate the season.

12/11    Holiday Pipes! From the stage of the Sharp Concert Hall at Oklahoma University, students and faculty of the American Organ Institute share in some seasonal revelry.  With  music from Liszt, Lemare, and Scott, plus traditional and popular songs of the season presented in improvisations, jazz versions, and with embellished accompaniments.

November 2016 Program Listings for Pipedreams

Oct 31, 2016

This month on Pipedreams, we celebrate the life of the great organist and composer Raymond Daveluy, and we celebrate Thanksgiving in Minnesota, here on Classical 91.5

11/6      The New Releases   Another sampler from among the remarkable influx of recently produced recordings, with music from five centuries. 

11/13    Wish I Were There  Reminiscences of last year’s East Texas Pipe Organ Festival, as this year’s celebration of the Roy Perry Legacy is underway in Kilgore, Longview and Shreveport.

October 2016 Program Listings for Pipedreams

Sep 26, 2016

Spooky Halloween organ music, Indiana University students, movie music, and 20th century masters, this month on Pipedreams with Michael Barone, here on Classical 91.5.

10/2      Cinema Sensations   Though some instruments were specifically created to accompany silent films, pipe organs have proven that they can tackle movie music of any sort!  See all