Damon Gupton
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The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra announced Damon Gupton as Principal Guest Conductor starting in the 2019-2020 season. Gupton is not only a musician but also an actor and portrays Bill Henderson on the television series, Black Lightning, which is set to start its third season in October. Additional television credits as a series regular include Criminal Minds, The Player, The Divide, Prime Suspect, and recurring appearances on programs including Dirty John, Goliath, Bates Motel, The Newsroom, Suits, Empire, and Law & Order, among others. His film credits include Whiplash, LaLa Land, This Is Forty and The Last Airbender, among others.

A native of Detroit, Gupton served as American Conducting Fellow of the Houston Symphony and held the post of assistant conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. In addition to the Cincinnati Pops, his guest conducting engagements have included the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, among others. Gupton received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Michigan, studied conducting with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at the Aspen Music Festival, and with Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute.

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