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The Music of The Nutcracker with the DSO

Wednesday, December 20, 2023—7:30pm

Wednesday, December 20, 2023—7:30pm
Orchestra Hall
1 hour and 15 minutes

Celebrate the season with the music and magic of The Nutcracker! The classic holiday story and Tchaikovsky’s cherished score will enchant Orchestra Hall for one night only with live narration and the splendor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

This performance does not include dancers. There is no intermission break.


Damon Gupton


Damon Gupton is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Gupton served as the American Conducting Fellow of the Houston Symphony and held the post of Assistant Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. His conducting appearances include the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Detroit Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Florida Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, NHK Orchestra of Tokyo, Orquesta Filarmonica de UNAM, Charlottesville Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, New York University Steinhardt Orchestra, Kinhaven Music School Orchestra, Vermont Music Festival Orchestra, Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Orchestra, and Sphinx Symphony as part of the 12th annual Sphinx Competition. He led the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra on two national tours with performances at Carnegie Hall and conducted the finals of the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition in 2016 and returns to Cliburn again in 2020. Gupton made his Royal Albert Hall debut conducting the Chineke! Orchestra featuring renowned electronic music composer and producer Carl Craig. Musical collaborations include work with Common, Leslie Odom, Jr., Terrence Blanchard, Marcus Miller, Kenn Hicks, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Byron Stripling, Tony DeSare, The Midtown Men, Kathleen Battle, and Jamie Cullum.

Gupton received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Michigan, where he delivered the commencement address to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 2015. He studied conducting with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at the Aspen Music Festival and with Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C. Awards include the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize and The Aspen Conducting Prize. Gupton is the inaugural recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan School of Music and Alumni Society, and is a winner of the Third International Eduardo Mata Conducting Competition.

Gupton has been featured as narrator in many venues including the Cleveland Orchestra, Grand Teton Music Festival, Grant Park Music Festival, Houston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and on the the Videmus recording Fare Ye Well. He also narrated a concert version of Beethoven's Fidelio with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

An accomplished actor, Gupton graduated from the Drama Division of the Juilliard School in New York. He has had roles in television, film, and on stage, including the Broadway production of Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park, the Ovation and LA Drama Critic's Circle Award-winning Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Mark Taper Forum), Superior Donuts (The Geffen), Christina Anderson's Inked Baby (Playwrights Horizons), Othello (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival), The Story (Public Theater), Meg's New Friend (The Production Company), Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter (Arena Stage), True History and Real Adventures (The Vineyard Theatre), and Treason (Perry Street Theatre). He also performed the title role of Academy Award-winner Eric Simonson's Carter's Way at Kansas City Repertory Theater. He received an AUDELCO nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Clybourne Park.

Gupton's television credits include series regular roles on Black Lightning, Criminal Minds, The Player, The Divide, Prime Suspect, and Deadline as well as guest or recurring appearances on Dirty John, Goliath, Bates Motel, The Newsroom, Suits, Empire, Rake, Law & Order, Law & Order Criminal Intent, Conviction, The Unusuals, Third Watch, Hack, and Drift. He appeared in Damien Chazelle's Academy Award-winning films Whiplash and LaLa Land, as well as This is Forty, The Last Airbender, Helen at Risk, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, Unfaithful, and The Loretta Claiborne Story.

James Rose, Jr.


Jim serves as the Global Managing Director of Client Services for all Deloitte member service firms to the Ford Motor Company. He is responsible for delivering the firm’s multidisciplinary solutions, including business innovation and IT consulting, digital transformation, privacy and enterprise risk management, tax, and financial advisory services to Ford Motor Company worldwide.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Jim’s career has been accentuated by leading edge engagements to assist automotive manufacturing companies and executives with innovation, technology and business performance improvement. He specializes in corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain optimization, automotive aftermarket, marketing, information technology and new product development. Additionally, Jim takes great pride in supporting senior executives with role development and career transitions both internal to the company and externally to the global marketplace.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Jim worked as an advanced engineering Director for Tata Technologies, held executive management roles in consulting and software services at Carlisle and Company, Vice President Blue Titan Software, Vice President and Corporate Officer at OEConnection [a Ford, GM, FCA Joint Venture] and IBM, his seminal experience, where Jim held many positions from marketing through headquarters Corporate Strategy within both the Commercial Server and Enterprise Software Organizations with his career culminating as the Director and Business Unit Executive of Global Automotive Software and Services.

Jim is distinguished within Deloitte as a Deloitte CIO Fellow awarded to the highest-level professionals specializing in advanced Information Technology Services to Corporate Clients. Also, Jim has a distinguished track record of service to many leading automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) globally where he has used a broad array of skills to drive excellence in Complexity Reduction, Corporate Scenario Planning, Global Advanced Marketing and Planning.

Jim is a multi-disciplinary individual who holds a BA Degree in Music Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Post-Graduate Studies at the Julliard School of Music and is a Graduate of the IBM Executive Education Program with a concentration in Marketing from Warwick University in England and the Harvard University Executive Negotiation Clinic. Recently, Jim was awarded the “Deloitte Innovator of the Year Award” for exceptional strategic client service.

Currently, Jim serves on the Board of Trustees to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; the Community Board of Beaumont Hospital and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of Olivet College.

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