Picks and Pans Review: Evening at Pops

updated 08/28/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/28/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS(Fri., Aug. 25, 9 P.M. ET)

B+

Just what are highfalutin classical music lovers to think? Following selections from Bizet's Carmen, out come country queens Loretta Lynn, the coal miner's diva, and her kid sister, Crystal Gayle, singing their greatest hits. And they have a barrelful. One thing's for sure: Summer isn't summer without a Boston Pops concert, and in this hour-long special, high brow and country brow happily coexist under the baton of composer John Williams.

Forget about brow height—what music snob could resist glamorous Gayle, who has hair long enough to ski down? She's followed by her legendary sister, so resplendent in a salmon-colored, spangled gown with enormous feathered shoulders she could be mistaken for a Jim Henson creation. Opera lovers who think Carmen's got a tough life ain't heard nothing yet. Wait'll Lynn lets loose with her ballads about cheatin' husbands and hungry babies. There's more tragedy here than Verdi could shake a stick at.

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