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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

Fri March 7, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony - Katherine Kemler

Katherine Kemler

Kermit Poling spoke with flutist Katherine Kemler about the next Shreveport Symphony Orchestra concert which opens with Jon Lord's work "To Notice Such Things"  and will conclude with Mozart's Requiem Mass with soprano Jane Redding, mezzo-soprano Lauren McNeese, Tenor John Viscardi, baritone Grant Youngblood, along with the Centenary College Choir and the NSU chamber choir. For more information contact the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra at 318-227-8863.

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6:00pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Health Matters

Health Matters: Heart disease, prevention, treatment and rehab

Aired Thursday, February 27 at 6 p.m. On our next Health Matters this Thursday, 6 p.m., Cardiologist Dr. Anil Chhabra will join our panelists for a discussion on heart disease risks, prevention, treatment and rehab. Dr. Randy Brewer hosted and they took your calls during the program at 800-552-8502.

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6:00pm

Thu January 23, 2014

6:00pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Health Matters

Health Matters: Cancer

Aired Thursday, January 9 at 6 p.m.
The Latest in Cancer Treatments was the subject for this Health Matters.
Dr. Randy Brewer will host and welcomes guest specialists Dr. Sandford Katz, a Radiation Oncologist;  Dr. Anil Velovelu, a specialist in Hematology and Oncology; and Dr. Destin Black, a Gynecologic Oncologist. All are with Willis-Knighton Medical Center.  They joined Dr. Randy Brewer to discuss the latest treatments for cancer and answered your calls & questions. 


12:00pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Opera presents Donizetti's Elixir of Love

Kermit Poling talks with Steve Aiken, General and Artistic Director of the Shreveport Opera about their upcoming production of Donizetti's Elixir of Love which will take place this Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. For information visit Shreveport Opera or call (318) 227-9503.

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