Singin’ in the rain

NEW YORK — Before departing New York to perform in the 4th of July concert with the Boston Pops, the Tabernacle Choir stopped at Rockefeller Plaza where they sang two selections for NBC's "Today" program. They sang under gray skies and a steady drizzle.

"They're a soggy sea of singers," said co-host Matt Lauer after the choir performed its first number impromptu, "Singin' in the Rain."

"Hats off to them for practicing all morning in the rain," he said.

"They were going to get us in the Fourth of July spirit with 'God Bless America ,' " said Katie Couric, "but decided to go with the flow, so to speak, and sing something more appropriate for this morning."

Leading into the choir's second selection, with cameras panning the women's section, it was noted that the sparkle in the women's hair wasn't sparkle — but rain drops. Choir director Craig Jessop told how the weekly choir broadcast, at 75 years, is the longest continual network program.

With large beads of water forming on the shiny black grand piano, the choir closed the morning program by singing two verses of "America the Beautiful."