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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8:00pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Youth in Jeopardy

Program 3: A Town Hall Meeting

Louisiana Public Broadcasting collaborated with Red River Radio for a town hall discussion on Thursday, October 20th, 7 p.m. at LSUS.  Local and state experts explored the drop-out crisis and answered questions the audience.  The town hall meeting aired on Red River Radio on October 31.

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.

7:00pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Youth in Jeopardy

Program 2: Governmental Issues

Our second program in the series, on "Governmental Issues" aired on October 12th at 6 p.m.  Guests on the show were Scott Hughes, Executive Director of the regional Alliance for Education, Elliott Stonecipher, demographer and political analyst, and Thomas Carmody, Louisiana State Representative for District 6.

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.
 

7:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Youth in Jeopardy

Program 1: School Attendance and Truancy

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.

Our first program in the series, on "School Attendance and Truancy," aired on September 21, at 6 p.m. Guests on the show were Kathie Boyett of the Alliance for Education and Janis Thompson, Director of Court Programs for Volunteers of Youth Justice.

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.

6:00pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Local

Health Matters 7/19/11 - GERD

Dr. Sunny Hussain joins Kermit Poling to discuss 'GERD' in Infants. GERD is Gastroesophageal reflux disease and they will look into the causes and solutions to this problem in children.

12:00pm

Sat May 28, 2011
Cultural, Community, Information

Young Artists Competition 2011 Winner's Concert

Our 2011 competition winners

On Sunday May 8th Red River Radio presented a concert featuring the winners of its second annual Young Artist Competition. These six performers showed their musical talents before a live audience at the LSUS University Center Theater. The concert was originally broadcast on Friday May 28, 2011 on the Regional Symphony Broadcast.  Kermit Poling will be your host and master of ceremonies.

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