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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1:24pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: The Shreveport Symphony with cellist John-Henry Crawford

Aired Friday, January 23 at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling talks with Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Music Director Michael Butterman and guest Cellist John-Henry Crawford about their next concert, which takes place Saturday, January 24, with a pre-concert conversation starting at 6:40 p.m. and the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Riverview Theater. The program features Liadov's The Enchanted Lake, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.  

After completing his studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, cellist John-Henry Crawford returns to Shreveport to perform one of the best-loved masterpieces in the repertoire. For more information visit them online at Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318-222-7496.

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2:18pm

Mon January 12, 2015
Health Matters

Health Matters: Heart Health

Dr. Paul Davis

Airs Thursday, January 15 at 6 p.m.  This week on Health Matters Kermit Poling will host and will be joined by Dr. Paul Davis of Ark-la-tex Cardiology and Sarah Baker, Regional Director of the American Heart Association in Shreveport, for a discussion on heart health. We'll talk about signs and symptoms of heart disease and we'll take your calls at 800-552-8502. 


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11:00am

Fri December 19, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Holiday Pops with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Gary Mauer and Elizabeth Southard

Aired Friday, December 19 at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with guest artists Gary Mauer and Elizabeth Southard who come straight from Broadway to share the stage with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra for their annual Holiday Pops concert which takes place Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Riverview Theater and again at 6 p.m. at the Cypress Baptist Church in Benton. For complete details visit Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318-222-7496.

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9:00am

Thu October 2, 2014
Shreveport Opera Expess

Shreveport Opera Express Live on Red River Radio

Aired Thursday, October 2 at 9 a.m.  Steve Aiken joined Kermit Poling in the studio as the Shreveport Opera Express presents a wonderful concert in our Marion and Donald Weiss performance studios. The gave us a terrific concert and helped us raise a lot of funds for Red River Radio.

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11:00am

Fri September 19, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Violin Spectacular

Mayuko Kamio

Airs Friday, September 19 at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling talks with composer James Eakin, violinist Mayuko Kamio, and music conductor Michael Butterman about the Shreveport Symphony's Opening Night Violin Spectacular with music by James Eakin, Prokofiev, and Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert takes place Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m in River View Theater in Shreveport. More information at Shreveport Symphony or 318-222-7496.

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