WNPR’s Pipedreams Series Renewed by a Grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund

Release Date: 04/12/2012

WNPR’s Pipedreams Series Renewed by a Grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation

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WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio is pleased to announce that the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has renewed its grant to sponsor weekly broadcasts of the music program, Pipedreams.

Pipedreams airs Sunday evenings at 10 p.m. on WNPR. 

The Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is in its third year of supporting Pipedreams on WNPR.

Before his death in 2008, Mr. Garmany, a former executive at Aetna, created a donor-advised fund at the Hartford Foundation through his will. Since then, more than 60 grants totaling more than $1.3 million have been awarded to support dozens of regional nonprofits in a variety of areas, including grants to Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Stage, The Friends of Elizabeth Park, Simsbury Light Opera Company and West Hartford Community Theater.

As American Organ Magazine described it, “Pipedreams engages a wide range of listeners – not just organists – and that is the magic and the beauty of it. Pipedreams is not only an ongoing course in organ repertoire, but it is also a door for people who have never yet heard a pipe organ or gone to an organ recital.” 

Celebrating more than 25 years on the air, Pipedreams is the only weekly radio program that explores the full range of the art and potential of the pipe organ. Each week, Pipedreams host Michael Barone shares selected organ works and performances, providing greater appreciation and insights into this very special world of music. Listeners are encouraged to engage both their ears and imaginations to gain greater appreciation of the pipe organ, as Barone talks with composers, organists, organ builders and restorers. The show features brand new instruments in churches and concert halls, plus historic pipe organs recorded in locations around the world, from ancient instruments in vast cathedrals to the “mighty Wurlitzers” of movie house fame.

In addition to sponsoring Pipedreams, the Richard P. Garmany Fund is also a financial supporter of the Learning Lab at Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), a state-of-the-art learning center partnering with the Journalism & Media Academy in the Hartford Public Schools. 

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