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The 2017-18 season overview for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Michael Butterman.
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Concert guitarist Giovanni De Chiaro will join composer/conductor Kermit Poling on Nov. 12 for the next concert in the St. George’s -Bossier Masterworks Series. 

The 2:30 p.m. concert will be in the sanctuary of St. George’s Episcopal Church, 1959 Airline Drive, in Bossier City. 

De Chiaro will perform a 45-minute recital, and the two musicians will talk about their recording sessions with the London Symphony Orchestra this year, as well as play samples from those recordings. 

 The concert is free and open to the public. CDs will be available for sale and signing. 

The American classical guitarist, Giovanni De Chiaro, made his debut in 1976 in a Carnegie Hall performance.  He has presented seven solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and more recently performed there with the Mississippi Guitar Quartet, an ensemble he established. De Chiaro has recorded two nationally televised programs for PBS which have won top honors at several national and international film festivals. He was also featured on the National Public Radio program “All Things Considered” discussing and performing several of his Scott Joplin transcriptions. His recordings are regularly featured on the NPR programs “Classical Guitar Alive” and “Performance Today.”

Kermit Poling is a local conductor and composer. He’s been the music director of the South Arkansas Symphony for 22 seasons and spent 32 seasons as the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra’s associate conductor. In addition, he’s worked 27 years as the SSO concertmaster.

Poling’s Symphony No. 1 “Shreveport Symphony” was premiered by the SSO and Michael Butterman in 2016. His guitar concerto “Concierto de Chiaro” premiered later that season by the Shreveport Summer Music Festival and De Chiaro.  

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