RICHMOND — The Madison Central High School Choir brought Kentucky to The Big Apple on Wednesday with a rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home” and a cheer for the University of Kentucky Wildcats outside NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center.
The 60-member choir was trying to catch the attention of Today Show hosts with the state song ― and it worked, said choral director Lisa Jury.
After they were spotted, students were shuffled to an area where they could be seen behind hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. And Jury said she thinks about half of the “My Old Kentucky Home” performance made it on the air.
Family and friends back in Kentucky told them they heard the group chanting “C-A-T-S, Cats, Cats, Cats!” Jury said.
Some students even got the chance to take a “selfie” with Today’s Talk co-host Hoda Kotb.
Central choir members go on the New York City trip every four years, and this is the second time they’ve gone, Jury said.
The group will perform Friday at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan a selection of “reverent, very classical music that would sound good in a cathedral,” the choir director said.
But leading up to that performance, the trip itinerary was packed full of experiences one can only have in New York.
Students left from Central early Monday and arrived in New York that night to spend nearly an hour in Times Square “to see all of the lights,” Jury said.
On Tuesday, students had the choice of seeing musicals “Pippin” or “Cinderella,” took a group picture in Times Square and toured Radio City Music Hall where they met a Rockette. The group also visited the Top of the Rock Observation Deck on the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center where they could get unobstructed 360-degree city views. Later, students had the chance to shop on Fifth Avenue, which is lined with an array of shops and major attractions.