A cancellation is never fun news for the Florida Orchestra. But in this case, there's a pretty fun reason.
Damon Gupton has canceled jobs guest-conducting next week's coffee concerts with the Florida Orchestra because he landed a role in the upcoming NBC pilot Endgame, a Las Vegas drama starring Wesley Snipes.
How's this for a full resume? In addition to conducting for orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, San Diego Symphony and Florida Orchestra, Gupton is an actor who plays Detective Calvin Walker on the hit Fox show Empire and played district attorney Adam Page on WE TV's The Divide. Maybe you also saw Gupton in movies including 2014's Whiplash, 2007's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and 2002's Unfaithful.
The Detroit native and former assistant conductor of the Kansas City Symphony conducted the Florida Orchestra's Pops in the Park concerts in October. The orchestra booked him again to lead the upcoming Sneak Peak coffee concerts, offering a sampling of the upcoming 2015-16 season. That includes everything from Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) to themes from The Godfather.
Principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik will step in to conduct the concerts, which include free coffee and doughnuts for guests. See the concerts at 10 a.m. April 8 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and 11 a.m. April 9 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $24-$42. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.
Gupton is scheduled to be back with the Florida Orchestra in February conducting Valentine's Day pops concerts. Until then, try to catch him on your TV soon. Endgame started filming recently in New Mexico.