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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1:00pm

Mon July 12, 2010
Cultural, Community, Information

Young Artists Competition 2010 Winner's Concert

Our 2010 competition winners with Kermit Poling
Red River Radio

The 2010 Red River Radio Young Artists Competition Winner's Concert. This program was recorded by Red River Radio before a live studio audience on Sunday May 9, 2010 at the LSUS University Center Theater. Kermit Poling is your host and master of ceremonies. The Program originally aired on Red River Radio, Saturday July 3 at 2:00 p.m.

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6:00pm

Thu March 18, 2010
Local

Health Matters - 03/18/10 - Managing Pain

Kermit Poling welcomes Dr. William Whyte II to discuss pain - specifically with neck, back and legs. They also took listeners' calls as well.

6:00pm

Thu September 24, 2009
Local

Health Matters - 09/24/09 - Prostate Cancer

Kermit Poling discusses the diagnosis and treatment of Prostate Cancer with Dr. Sanford Katz and Dr. Loren J. Smith.

6:00pm

Thu June 25, 2009
Local

Health Matters - 06/25/09 - Sleep Disorders

Kermit Poling discusses Common Sleep Disorders with Neurologist Dr. Andrew Chesson from the LSU Health Sciences Center

6:00pm

Thu June 11, 2009
Local

Health Matters - 06/11/09 - Alcoholism & Substance Abuse

Kermit Poling discusses Alcoholism & Substance Abuse with Betsy Williams from the Center for Families in Shreveport

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