Steven Blier and Michael Barrett have hosted New York Festival of Song's signature series since founding NYFOS in 1988. Blier is a national treasure, adored for his boundless knowledge of song, smart and funny stage commentary, meticulously researched program notes, and gift for imparting his passion to the singers he coaches. Barrett is a sublime and suave musician in his own right, the mastermind of Caramoor and the Moab Music Festival. These two were pioneers in launching the thematic song recital, and still are. Their scintillating programs draw from repertoire across musical genres and styles; rarely heard songs are unearthed or familiar works positioned in surprising ways.