Kermit Poling

General Manager

The 2019 silver medal winner of the International Global Music Award, Kermit Poling is Music Director of both the South Arkansas Symphony, the Marshall Symphony Orchestra,  the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet, the Associate Conductor of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra as well as General Manager of the Red River Radio Network.

Also a composer, Poling's ballets have been performed throughout the country.   In 2017, Poling made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra for an album of his music.  In 2019, Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet Des Moines premiere his most recent works.  He has created orchestral arrangements for a wide range of artists, including Grammy winning guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and blues singer Irma Thomas.   He has also scored several films, including 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.  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 organist and choral director at St. George's Episcopal Church in Bossier City.

Ways to Connect

Nightwatch
Neil Johnson / Neil_Johnson

Airs Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 6 p.m. Neil Johnson, one of Shreveport's favorite artists returns to The Better Picture for another hour of fun, insights, information and stories. Neil currently has a fantastic one man show called Still Photography at ArtSpace in Shreveport that is a compilation of 80 photographs taken over 40 years. These imagesare his retrospective of pictures that have spoken to him. This is not his commercial work, this is his love of photography for its own sake. Neil exposes himself through shots that move from flowers to merry go rounds, stillness to motion, haunting to elegant and abstract to precise. And of course Felton, our purple armadillo oversees it all. The show runs through September so hurry in, you don't want to miss it.

Airs Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Tiffany Ammerman about Voices: The Heartland Concert presented by the Marshall Symphony Orchestra and the Marshall Regional Arts Council. The first qualifying audition takes place this weekend, August 2, at 7 p.m. The second qualifying audition takes place Friday, August 16, at 7 p.m. Final Audition takes place Friday, August 30, at 8 p.m.

Madame Butterfly
Shreveport Opera / Shreveport Opera

Airs Friday, May 31, 2019, at 12 noon. Shreveport Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly with Eleni Calenos as Cio-Cio San and Matthew Vickers as Lt. Pinkerton. The performance was recorded live on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre. Hosted by Kermit Poling.

Madame Butterfly
Shreveport Opera / Shreveport Opera

Airs Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Steve Aiken about this weekends performance of Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly with Eleni Calenos as Cio-Cio San and Matthew Vickers as Lt. Pinkerton. The performance is Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre. For complete details visit online Shreveport Opera or call 318-227-9503.

Airs Friday, April 19, 2019, at 12 noon This past Sunday conductor Michael Butterman lead the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra along with the Centenary College Choir and the PRÍSMA Vocal Ensemble for a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion. The concert featured soprano Tess Altiveros, alto Abigail Nims, tenor Brian Wallin; bass Andrew Wilkowske, and as the evangelist we have Derek Chester with Stephen Morscheck as Jesus. The Centenary College Choir was led by director Dr.

Shreveport Opera Express
Shreveport Opera / Shreveport Opera

Airs Monday, March 18, 2019, at 11 a.m. Steve Aiken joins Kermit Poling as the Shreveport Opera Express presents a wonderful concert in our Marion and Donald Weiss performance studios. Tune in a help support the arts on Red River Radio at 800-552-8502 or online here. DONATE NOW!

River City Repertoire Theatre / River City Repertoire Theatre

Airs Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Heather Bryson and Stephen L. Barron about River City Repertoire Theatre's new production of Desire, comprised of six short plays written by six acclaimed playwrights based on six short stories by Tennessee Williams. The plays weave a tapestry of longing and the need for human beings to connect and communicate. Each play serves as an homage to Williams and his vast body of work. The show opens tonight, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. with multiple performances this week at the East Bank Theatre, 630 Barksdale Blvd.

Henrietta Wildsmith / Henrietta Wildsmith

Airs Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 6 p.m. Henrietta Wildsmith is the photographer for the Shreveport times, and a lot more. She has also worked as Staff Photographer for the Hattiesburg American, the Star Community Newspapers, and the North Texas Daily. She does videos, photo editing, galleries for paper, manages instagram for the paper and is involved in all aspects of covering and showcasing Shreveport. Henrietta majored in photography in college and has been applying it to the world since graduation. She has been an integral part of our news and our area for over a decade. She will join Ross Foote on the next Better Picture. You can view a select few images below. For more on here visit her at Henrietta Wildsmith Photographer

Airs Monday, February 4, 2019, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Thomas Hundemer and Paul Christopher about Babbit Fest, a musical tribute to composer Milton Babbitt, which takes place on Thursday, February 7, in Anderson Auditorium at Centenary’s Hurley School of Music. A brief pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. precedes the 7:00 p.m. concert. The concert is free and open to all.

Airs Friday, February 1, 2019, at 11 am. Kermit Poling spoke with pianist Simone Dinnerstein who will be the featured soloist on their next concert performing J.S. Bach's Concerto for piani in G minor and Philip Glass’ new transcendent and hypnotic concerto for piano. The concert takes place Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Shreveport. Simone Dinnerstein will also join violinist Jennifer Carsillo on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at 2 p.m.

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