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 July 11, 2013
Health Matters

Health Matters: Dr. Randall Brewer - causes and treating lower back pain

Aired Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. Do you experience low back pain? Listen here to Health Matters as Dr. Randall Brewer of River Cities Interventional Pain Specialists shares information about the causes and treatment of low back pain. He took your questions during the show. (Click post to listen again)

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12:00pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Little Theatre

Airs Thursday, June 27 at 12 noon.   talks with Robert Darrow and Anna Maria Sparke Keele from Shreveport Little Theatre about their upcoming performance of "Company," a musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim. show times and ticket information can be found at Shreveport Little Theatre or by calling (318) 424-4439

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11:00am

Mon May 13, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony with Pianist James Dick

Kermit Poling is joined by Music Director Michael Butterman and pianist James Dick to talk about the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's Season Finale which takes place this Saturday Night at 7:30 p.m. in RiverView Theatre. The Final Family Concert will take place this Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.  SciPort is collaborating with the Shreveport Symphony to offer pre-concert activities and musical demonstrations starting in the RiverView Theater lobby at 2:15 PM.   More information at 318 - 227 - 8863.

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6:00pm

Thu May 9, 2013
Health Matters

Health Matters: Anxiety Disorders with Katie Garcia

Serenity Garden at the Center for Families

Aired Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m.  Listen again to Health Matters as Kermit Poling welcomes Katie Garcia, Clinical Director of the Center for Families in Shreveport. They discussed anxiety disorders and increased anxiety in a changing world.  

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11:00am

Thu May 2, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Mickey Davis Concert

Kermit Poling talks with Giovanni De Chiaro about the Mickey Davis Concert Saturday, May 4  at  7 p.m. in the El Dorado High School Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public but is also a fund raising program for the Mickey Davis Scholarship Fund. More information at 870 - 862 - 0521.

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