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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12:00pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Developing

Hurricane Isaac information

***LSU Shreveport will be closed Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31. The University will re-open after the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.  Check with www.lsus.edu for updates.   Due to the closure of the university, several university deadlines have been extended.
· The Last Day for 60% refund will be extended to September 5.
· The Census Date and the Last Day to Drop or Resign without a W has been extended to September 11.
· The Last Day for 40% refund will be extended to September 17.

•  Caddo Parish Schools to close Thursday and Friday
•  Bossier Parish Schools closed Thursday.   (Friday TBA)
•  Bienville, Webster, Desoto, Lincoln Parish schools closed Thursday
•  Northwestern State University closed through Friday.
•  BPCC closed Thursday and Friday
•  Food Bank of Central Louisiana closed Thursday


 

ISAAC UPDATE
7:00 AM CDT Fri Aug 31

Location: 15.2°N 47.8°W       Moving: WNW at 16 mph
Min pressure: 999 mb           Max sustained: 65 mph

• Two shelters are open in Shreveport for critical transportation needs with a total of 3,900 beds, including LSUS. Others are being prepared.
• There is a shelter open in Bastrop with 1,600 beds.
• There will be 13 Red Cross shelters with a total of 5,306 slots opening today.
• Residents can call 211 or their parish Emergency Operations Center the for latest shelter information.

Additional information can be found at this link:  http://www.redriverradio.org/hurricane-emergency-information.

12:00pm

Fri August 17, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Young Artists Competition 2012 Winner's Concert

Airs Friday, August 17 at 12:00 noon. Join us for the Winner's Concert from the 2012 Young artist Competition. The judges made their selections and the winners assembled on Sunday, May 13, at 5 p.m., at LSU Shreveport's University Center Theater to perform. Red River Radio captured this concert for broadcast. Here is today's concert and the performers. Click on this post and listen to concert again online. (more)

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12:00pm

Fri July 13, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Regional Symphony Broadcast: Overtures & Ovations with the Shreveport Symphony

Donna McKechnie

Airs Friday, July 13 at 12:00 noon.  River City Repertory Theatre, the area’s only professional theatre company, presents its 2012 “Overtures & Ovations” concert, recorded live at Riverview Theatre. The concert brings together the Shreveport Symphony and the Shreveport Opera Chorus performing an evening of Broadway overtures and definitive songs with Tony Award winning actress, Donna McKechnie and London’s West End star, Jeremiah James. They will lead the audiences through an evening of show stopping performances and overtures that have set the standard on Broadway.

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12:00pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Regional Symphony Broadcast: The 2012 Shreveport Summer Music Festival

Airs Friday, June 29 at 12:00 noon. The first concert of the Shreveport Summer Music Festival Classical Series, a memorial for music patron Wayne Hall, took place on Sunday, June 3 at the Church of the Holy Cross. The concert featured scores written by Kermit Poling and Thomas Hundemer. Leonard Kacenjar and Kermit Poling conduct.

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11:59pm

Mon May 28, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

American Graduate: Youth in Jeopardy Resource List

The "Youth in Jeopardy Project" is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The resource list below is a compilation of organizations with programs or information to help support students through to graduation. You can listen to each program in the series on line as well. Just Click These Links:

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