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. 

Ways to Connect

Press Image / Steven Dong

Airs Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12 noon. This week on our Regional Symphony Broadcast, The Marshall Symphony will be featured, conducted by Kermit Poling in a program that opens with the Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana. The program also features Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, with pianist Steven Dong, winner of the 2017 Juanita Miller competition of the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras. This concert concludes with the Suite from the magnificent Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky.

Kirill Bashkirov / Philippe Quint

Airs Friday, Mary 4, 2018, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Maestro Michael Butterman and violinist Philippe Quint about the Shreveport Symphony's Season Finale featuring Philippe Quint as soloist in the Violin Concerto by Korngold. The concert opens with the Overture to Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr. and the Symphony No. 4 by Johannes Brahms. For more information visit the Shreveport Symphony online or call 318-227-8863.

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Press Image - John-Henry Crawford / John-Henry Crawfor

Airs Friday, May 4, 2018 at 12 noon. The week on our Regional Broadcasts the members of the Shreveport Symphony is joined by cellist John-Henry Crawford in the cello concerto by Gulda and then maestro Michael Butterman leads the orchestra in Schubert's Symphony No. 9, “Great C Major.” 

John-Henry Crawford & Tzu-Yin Huang / John-Henry Crawford & Tzu-Yin Huang

Airs Friday, April 27, 2018 at 12 noon. The week on our Regional Broadcasts the members of the Shreveport Symphony present a Chamber Concert featuring Claude Bolling's Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano and Schubert's Piano Quintet in A, D. 667, th "Trout Quintet." Members of the Shreveport Symphony will be joined by cellist John Henry Crawford and pianist Tzu-Yin Huang.

Airs Friday, April 20, 2018 at 12 noon. The week on our Regional Broadcasts the members of the Shreveport Symphony present a chamber concert featuring Poulenc's Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano; Rutter's Suite Antique for Flute, Harpsichord, and String Orchestra, and Antonín Dvořák's Serenade for Winds in minor, Op 44.

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