Kermit Poling

General Manager

Named by Forum Magazine as one of the top ten faces to watch, Centaur recording artist Kermit Poling is Music Director of both the South Arkansas Symphony and the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet as well as General Manager of the Red River Radio Network.

He has been the Associate/Resident Conductor and Concertmaster of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra for over 26 years.  He performs extensively throughout the United States and around the world both as a violinist and conductor. 

Also a composer, Poling's first ballet, Snow White, was commissioned and premiered by the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet in the spring of 2003 and was repeated in 2004 and 2009 to rave reviews. Other compositions include the ballet The Wizard of Oz, a string quartet Within the Orb of Glories Wearing, and the score to the film Silent Treatment.  His most recent ballets include Phantom of the Opera, premiered by Ballet Oklahoma in 2010, and Aladdin, premiered by the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet in 2011.   His newest work, No Sound of Trumpet nor Roll of Drum, was premiered in 2011, honoring the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  He has created orchestral arrangements for a wide range of artists, including Grammy winning guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and blues singer Irma Thomas.   He is also currently working on a new score to the original silent feature Tarzan.

Poling received the Outstanding Artist in Music Fellowship in 2000 from the State of Louisiana and twice received a Music Fellowship from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.  His awards include scholarships to the Boston Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center, where he studied with Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier and Seiji Ozawa.  In 2005, Maestro Poling served as one of three international judges for China’s National Young Artists Competition with the China National Symphony in Beijing.  He has received numerous commissions to create new scores for theatrical works, including The Glass Menagerie, Memoirs, Elektra and others. In 1998 he was chosen by Emmy award winning artist William Joyce to compose the music for his stage adaptation of The Leafmen and the Brave Good Bugs.

Maestro Poling has been a featured conductor on NPR's Performance Today, the Arkansas Educational Television Network, the Red River Radio Network, WGBH Boston and has appeared as violinist on Louisiana Public Television and PBS in addition to numerous television and radio stations throughout the country.   Last season, Centaur Records released a CD of his newest Christmas arrangements performed by the West Edge String Quartet.  Away from the podium, Poling also serves as the general manager of Red River Radio, the public radio network of Northwest and Central Louisiana, South Arkansas and East Texas. 

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11:00am

Wed July 15, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Little Theater Presents Chicago

Aired Wednesday, July 15, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Laura Nugent, director/choreographer; Adam Philley, Music Director/Conductor; and Jennifer Warren (Roxie Hart). They joined to talk about Shreveport Little Theater's production of Chicago. For more information contact online Shreveport Little Theater or call them at 318-424-4439.

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6:00pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Better Picture

The Better Picture with Ross Foote

Airs Tuesaday, June 23, at 6 pm  Ross Foote hosts another live call-in-show about photography and your calls and photos are welcome. Ross will offer tips and answers to your questions on how to get the most out of your smart phones, point-n-push, and SLR cameras. You can submit photo questions in advance at ross@thebetterpicture.org or you can call in during the show at 800-552-8502.

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11:00am

Tue April 21, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Garrison Keillor and Rich Dworsky at the Belcher Center

Kermit Poling spoke with Cynthia Hellen, the senior director of the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University, about the upcoming show with Garrison Keillor and pianist Rich Dworsky in an intimate evening of story telling. The show takes place on Sunday, May 3, at 7 p.m. For more information visit the Belcher Center online or call 866-550-5388.

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11:00am

Thu April 16, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: American Boys Choir

Kermit Poling talks with Christopher Lynch, organist for St. Mark's Cathedral in Shreveport, about this weekend's concert featuring the American Boys Choir , on Sunday, April 19, at the 10:30 a.m Eucharist service, and then they will also perform at 6 p.m. with St. Mark's Choir for a special evensong program. He also spoke with conductor Fernando Malvar-Ruiz and student Dante Sorriano about the choir program, education, and school life with the Choir. For more information contact St. Mark's Cathedral at 318-221-3360.

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2:03pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Jewish Film Festival 2015

Aired Friday, April 10, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Curtis Joseph, President of the North Louisiana Jewish Federation about the Jewish Film Festival which takes place at the Robinson Film Center beginning Sunday, April 12 with a free reception at the Robinson. For details and more information with online the Robinson Film Center.

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