Vince Gill helps Boston Pops kick off 128th season

Country music star Vince Gill joined the Boston Pops for opening night.
Country music star Vince Gill joined the Boston Pops for opening night.STU ROSNER FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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The Boston Pops opened its 128th season Wednesday night, bringing Hollywood and honky tonk to Symphony Hall.

And while country music star Vince Gill was the featured artist with the Pops, it was Dr. David King who drew the night’s biggest applause. After running the Boston Marathon himself, King tended to patients injured in the Marathon bombings. The Pops let King conduct “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” the night’s final encore, and his spirited direction of the orchestra drew the audience to its feet before the song was over.

The opening of the Pops’ season was a comforting ritual following the Marathon tragedy, and the concert for the most part aimed for normalcy, with the Pops and Gill simply doing their jobs that are uplifting by nature.

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