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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments


Pipedreams originated as a discrete series of fourteen broadcasts, offered from January to April 1982, with content primarily derived from concerts recorded during the 1980 AGO convention. These programs were produced at Minnesota Public Radio and distributed by American Public Radio, now PRI and were made possible in cooperation with National Public Radio. Funding came from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Dayton Hudson Foundation, the Episcopal Choirmasters Handbook created by John C. Grant, and Mr. & Mrs. Wesley C. Dudley. The Dudleys have thankfully continued as program underwriters through the entire history of Pipedreams.

David Hurd and Conrad Susa

… performances in Minneapolis on the 1980 Robert Sipe organ at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, and on the 1981 Holtkamp organ of Plymouth Congregational Church, with commentary by Philip Brunelle and Conrad Susa.

Audio 8205 Part 1 64:59

Audio 8205 Part 2 39:43

Program Broadcast date:

  • January 31, 1982

Music played in the program

Part 1

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Te Deum Laudamus, BuxWV 218 –David Hurd (1980 Sipe/Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis, MN) recorded June 16, 1980

CONRAD SUSA: Fantasy for Organ, Brass and Percussion, 1980 version –John Ferguson (1980 Sipe/Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis, MN) recorded June 16, 1980

MAX REGER: Variations & Fugue on an Original Theme, Opus 73 –David Hurd (1980 Sipe/Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis, MN) recorded June 16, 1980

Part 2

CONRAD SUSA: Fantasy and Tango for Organ, Brass and Percussion, 1982 version –Philip Brunelle (1981 Holtkamp/Plymouth Congregational, Minneapolis, MN) recorded April, 1982


Conrad Susa’s Fantasy was commissioned for the 1980 National AGO Convention. After the premiere, he rethought the piece, added the Tango, and conducted its revised premiere at Plymouth Congregational Church in 1982.