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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6:00pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Health Matters

Health Matters: Adolescent Addictions

Aired Thursday, June 26 at 6 p.m. On this Health Matters from Red River Radio we examined addiction and our youth. From drug addiction to self-mutilation, many families struggle with adolescent addictions. What are the signs parents should look for and where do they turn for diagnosis and treatment? We spoke with Dr. Jennifer Hodges Crowder, Program Director at CADA Adolescent Treatment Center, and Dr. Lee Stevens, Medical Director of the CADA Adolescent Treatment Center about these issues and answered your questions. Kermit Poling hosted.

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11:00am

Fri May 2, 2014
Simone Dinnerstein with the Shreveport Symphony

Red River Radio Spotlight: Simone Dinnerstein with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Simone Dinnersten

Aired Friday, May 2 at 11 a.m.  Kermit Poling spoke with pianist Simone Dinnersten, composer Philip Lasser, and music director/conductor Michael Betterman about the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's season finale and chamber concerts this weekend. Works to be performed are Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin, Philip Lasser's Piano Concerto subtitled The Circle and the Child, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). Sunday's chamber concert features J.S. Bach's Two Part Inventions; excerpts from J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations Arr. for string trio; and J.S.

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6:00pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Health Matters

Health Matters: Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Dr. David McCarty

Aired Thursday, April 10 at 6 p.m.  On this Health Matters we examine the importance of a good night’s sleep and the health implications of not sleeping well. Host Dr. Randy Brewer is joined by Dr. David McCarty, a Sleep Medicine specialist at LSU Health. They answer your questions about healthy sleep and sleep disorders.

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10:00am

Fri April 4, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Jason Vieaux with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Jason Vieaux

Aired Friday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Kermit Poling talks with classical guitarist Jason Vieaux about his performance with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra which takes place Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Riverview Theatre in Shreveport. Jose Luis Castillo will be the guest conductor for this concert.

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12:00pm

Fri March 28, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Twyla Robinson in Concert

Twyla Robinson
Kristin Hoebermann

Aired Friday, March 28 at 12 noon. Kermit Poling spoke with Soprano Twyla Robinson and pianist Jerome Tan about their upcoming recitals at the Hurley School of Music on the Centenary College Campus. The first concert is Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m and the second will take place on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. 

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