Kermit Poling

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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12:55 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Little Theatre presents "All My Sons."

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 1:15 pm

Kermit Poling spoke with Ginger Folmer and Cara Johnston, who are featured in Shreveport Little Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s "All My Sons," which opens tonight and runs through March 8. For more information visit Shreveport Little Theatre Online or call (318)-424-4439

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1:13 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents "The Season Of Love".

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 12:47 pm

Airs Tuesday, February 10, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Tom Hundemer, principle horn with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra about the next concert with the South Arkansas Symphony and the Seasons of Love featuring music by Holst, Britten, and Copland which takes place Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium. More info can be found online at South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra or call 870-862-0521.

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1:45 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: The Shreveport Symphony with cellist John-Henry Crawford

Aired Friday, January 23 at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling talks with Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Music Director Michael Butterman and guest Cellist John-Henry Crawford about their next concert, which takes place Saturday, January 24, with a pre-concert conversation starting at 6:40 p.m. and the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Riverview Theater. The program features Liadov's The Enchanted Lake, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.  

After completing his studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, cellist John-Henry Crawford returns to Shreveport to perform one of the best-loved masterpieces in the repertoire. For more information visit them online at Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318-222-7496.

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11:40 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Red River Radio Spotlight: Holiday Pops with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

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Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 10:30 am

Aired Friday, December 19 at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with guest artists Gary Mauer and Elizabeth Southard who come straight from Broadway to share the stage with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra for their annual Holiday Pops concert which takes place Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Riverview Theater and again at 6 p.m. at the Cypress Baptist Church in Benton. For complete details visit Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318-222-7496.

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8:42 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Health Matters: Advancements in the screening and treatment of HIV

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Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 10:21 pm

Aired Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m. Since the first Aids cases were diagnosed in the U.S. in the 80s, many advancements have been made in the screening and treatment of HIV. What are these advancements? Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Gerardo Negron, Brett Malone, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Center in Shreveport, and Robert Darrow joined us for Health Matters to provide the latest information and take your questions during the show.

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1:23 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Red River Radio Spotlight: Philippe Quint with the Shreveport Symphony

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 4:13 pm

Kermit Poling sits down with violinist Philippe Quint and Music Director Michael Butterman to talk about the Four Seasons Concert this Saturday with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. They also play a Tchaikovsky melody in our new studio. The concert Saturday features the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires .  Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1 will open the performance.  Information about the concert can be found at Shreveport Symphony.


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