News Archive

Join us for the KTBS 3 Freedom Fest Finale on July 4th; it’s a celebration like you’ve never seen before – The action starts at 6 p.m. with top-notch entertainment followed by amazing fireworks from across the ArkLaTex (KTBS, 6/24/20)

KTBS 3 announces plans for Freedom Fest Finale on July 4th (KTBS, 6/8/20)

New Normal Drive-In Theater kicks off Friday, May 29th in downtown Shreveport (KSLA News, 5/29/20)

Announcing The New Normal Drive-In Theater, an old-fashioned drive-in with all the appropriate social distancing. Each movie night (May 29-31), the SSO’s Michael Butterman will lead what we believe is the first-ever ‘car horn symphony’ in the U.S., along with some smartphone symphonies so every car will be able to participate. | press release

Thanks to KTBS 3 News for covering our virtual orchestra performance of Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King video

Shreveport Symphony to entertain patrons through virtual programs during pandemic (KTBS, 4/8/20)

COVID-19 takes a toll on local nonprofits, tourism. How to help. (Shreveport Times, 3/23/20)

Shreveport Symphony cancels concerts through early May (KTAL/KMSS, 3/19/20)

A trip back to the 1920’s with the Shreveport Symphony (KTBS, 2/28/20)

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra features Grambling Dance Company (KTAL/KMSS, 2/26/20)

Party like it’s the roaring ’20s (318 Forum Magazine, 2/26/20)

Shreveport Symphony, Grambling’s Orchesis Dance Co. present a harmonious collaboration (Shreveport Times, 2/26/20)

Visual, musical spectaculars to create captivating sensory experience in SSO’s concert on Saturday (Shreveport Times, 1/29/20)

Holiday spirit and songs to soar high at SSO’s Broadway-style concert (Shreveport Times, 12/19/19)

Simon Karakulidi named gold medalist at 2019 Wideman International Piano Competition (Shreveport Times, 12/8/19)

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart & Schubert (Red River Radio, 11/15/19)

The Shreveport Symphony presents Mozart this weekend (KTBS, 11/15/19)

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart and Schubert (KTAL/KMSS, 11/13/19)

Radiohead composer’s suite on program with Mozart, Schubert in SSO concert (Shreveport Times, 11/13/19)

Riverview Theater and Hall is redone and open for business, entertainment (Shreveport Times, 11/8/19)

Jazz, Broadway, and classical music with the Shreveport Symphony (KTBS, 10/24/19)

Kermit Poling: ‘He’s a musician through and through’ – Conductor brings expertise, passion to South Arkansas (El Dorado News-Times, 10/23/19)

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to George Gershwin includes ‘Porgy and Bess,’ ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ (Shreveport Times, 10/23/19)

Louisiana’s Shreveport Symphony Announces New Concertmaster (The Violin Channel, 10/11/19)

Opening night for the Shreveport Symphony (KTBS, 9/20/19)

Hometown cellist John-Henry Crawford returns to perform with Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Sept. 21-22 (Shreveport Times, 9/19/19)

Shreveport Symphony set to open 2019-20 season with All-Tchaikovsky Spectacular (KTAL/KMSS, 9/18/19)

Shreveport Symphony Shopper’s Card will save you money (Shreveport Times, 9/17/19)

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season celebrates ‘home’ (Shreveport Times, 9/11/19)

Shreveport Symphony extends contract of Michael Butterman through 2022-23 (Shreveport Times, 8/22/19)

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra’s Sci-Fi Spectacular (Red River Radio, 5/3/19)

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra presents a “Sci-Fi Spectacular” (KTAL/KMSS, 5/3/19)

Red River Radio to broadcast Shreveport Symphony’s performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on Friday, April 19 at noon (Red River Radio, 4/17/19)

Shreveport Symphony presents J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (KTBS 3, 4/12/19)

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra presents musical, dramatic Palm Sunday concert (Shreveport Times, 4/10/19)

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra plays Jennifer Higdon’s new concerto (KTBS 3, 3/15/19)

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra’s low-brass section takes center stage on Saturday (Shreveport Times, 3/14/19)

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra with pianist Simone Dinnerstein (Red River Radio, 2/1/19)

Symphony concert highlights classical composers Mozart, Bach and Glass (Shreveport Times, 1/30/19)

Hear the music of David Bowie performed live in Shreveport (Shreveport Times, 1/3/19)

Two-time Tony Award-winning star hits Shreveport stage for holiday concert (Shreveport Times, 12/5/18)

KTBS interview: Michael Butterman and pianist Mei Li (KTBS, 11/16/18)

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony and pianist Mei Li (Red River Radio, 11/16/18)

Wideman Gold Medalist, SSO team up for Beethoven concert (Shreveport Times, 11/14/18)

Powerful Music Moves the Soul: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SB Magazine, 11/8/18)

In Memoriam – Pete Haas, SSO Principal Bass | obituary

‘Mary Poppins’ star to sing her way into Shreveport with the SSO (Shreveport Times, 10/25/18)

Cellphones, bird calls welcomed at Symphony season opener (Shreveport Times, 9/18/18)

Holocaust survivor Sidney Kent celebrates 90th birthday at Symphony Gala (includes gala photos) (Shreveport Times, 9/13/18)

Star Wars, Beethoven, Broadway featured in new Shreveport Symphony Orchestra season (Shreveport Times, 5/30/18)

Carnegie Hall Presents LINK UP: The Orchestra Sings On 5/22-24 (Broadway World, 5/10/18)

Classical music, rock, free family concert wrap year for Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (Shreveport Times, 5/3/18)

RiverView Theater renovations: more bathrooms for all and much more (Shreveport Times, 3/27/18)

‘A choral spectacular’ to celebrate the music of composer Leonard Bernstein (Shreveport Times, 3/22/18)

‘Jersey Boys,’ ‘Madam Secretary’ actor strikes a new note with Shreveport Symphony (KSLA TV, 2/24/18)

Spotlight: The Shreveport Symphony with Erich Bergen and the Hollywood Songbook (Red River Radio, 2/23/18)

‘Madam Secretary’ actor, singer to make symphony debut in Shreveport (Shreveport Times, 2/21/18)

Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra with John Henry Crawford (Red River Radio, 1/19/18)

The music of The Rolling Stones, Shreveport cellist coming to town (Shreveport Times, 1/4/18)

Five things to do in downtown Shreveport (Shreveport Times, 11/8/17)

Events to celebrate iconic film compositions, plus a free concert this week (Shreveport Times, 11/8/17)

Prodigy Aristo Sham to open Shreveport Symphony Orchestra season (Shreveport Times, 9/12/17)

Inside the season: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (video) (Shreveport Times)

Attention music-enthusiasts: A local guild is looking for you (Shreveport Times, 9/11/17)

The music of ‘Star Wars,’ The Rolling Stones coming to a Shreveport stage (Shreveport Times, 8/24/17)

Symphony Guild celebrates 20 years of Shopper’s Card (Shreveport Times, 8/11/17)

Unpredictable, never-before-attempted collaborative concert this Saturday (Shreveport Times, 4/6/17)

Wideman Piano Competition Winners Announced (1/30/17)

Music of Journey combines rock, orchestra music (Shreveport Times, 1/11/17)

Shreveport Orchestra pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (Shreveport Times, 11/16/16)

Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Opening Night 2016 (Red River Radio, 9/23/16)

Three directors reaching remarkable milestones in NWLA:
“The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra will enter its 2016-17 season with financial profit for the fourth consecutive season” (Shreveport Times, 8/25/16)

Composer dodged grizzlies for research for “Gates of the Arctic” (Shreveport Times, 4/24/16)

Michael Butterman interviewed on Studio 6 (KTAL News, 2/26/16)

Red River Radio Spotlight: Music Director Michael Butterman on the SSO concert honoring Virginia Shehee (Red River Radio, 1/22/16)

Red River Radio Spotlight: Pianist Stanislav Khristenko and Dr. Lester Senter Wilson, Executive Director of the Wideman International Piano Competition (Red River Radio, 1/21/16)

Hear the symphony made just for Shreveport (Shreveport Times, 1/21/16)

Museum to honor Van Cliburn with dedication of auditorium (Shreveport Times, 1/19/16)

An Interview with Composer Kermit Poling upon the Premiere of his Shreveport Symphony (Jackson Harmeyer, 1/19/16)

Butterman: Less exposure to the arts is a disturbing trend (Shreveport Times, 11/17/15)

Symphony has always excelled at symbiosis (Shreveport Times, 10/15/15)

Experiencing the power of a full orchestra (Shreveport Times, 9/17/15)

Shreveport Symphony has a very special guest planned for this weekend, KTAL News, 9/16/15

Symphony moves to meet the masses, Shreveport Times, 3/17/15

Shreveport Symphony is bringing that warm feeling – Michael Butterman interview, KTAL News, 2/27/15

Symphony works to inspire next creative classShreveport Times, 2/17/15

Local cellist returns for symphony roleShreveport Times, 1/23/15

Local cellist gives a sneak peekKTAL News, 1/22/15

Film opens doors to classical music, December 11, 2014, Shreveport Times

SSO music director extends contract to 2017-18 season, November 11, 2014, Shreveport Times

Painted Violins Project turns violins into works of art, October 21, 2014, Shreveport Times

Violins a plenty at Shreveport Symphony opening, September 17, 2014, Shreveport Times

The Shreveport Symphony gears up for another great year, September 15, 2014, KTAL/

Music Director Michael Butterman and Executive Director Lois Robinson were featured on The Best of Times Radio on September 6 discussing the upcoming season.

Meet the Shreveport Symphony’s new concertmaster, August 21, 2014, Shreveport Times

Symphony orchestra back from the pits, August 10, 2014, Shreveport Times

Shreveport symphony’s impact felt in classrooms, August 10, 2014, Shreveport Times

Painted Violins part of upcoming Shreveport Symphony season, July 7, 2014, Shreveport Times

KSLA News 12 Guest Editorial: June 23rd-Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, June 23, 2014, KSLA News 12

Symphony musicians, management agree on terms, June 16, 2014, Shreveport Times

KTBS interview with Michael Butterman, May 2, 2014

Red River Radio interview – Kermit Poling talks with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, composer Philip Lasser and music director Michael Butterman, May 2, 2014

Michael Butterman: Famed pianist to appear with symphony, April 30, 2014, Shreveport Times

Michael Butterman: Symphony scheduling is a well-prepared recipe, April 2, 2014, Shreveport Times

SSO principal trumpet, Rick Rowell, was featured in the Shreveport Times “Musician’s Corner” on March 5

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra will let the good times roll: ‘Boots, Beads & Bling’ gala to be held before and after the concert Feb. 1, January 16, 2014, Shreveport Times

Shreveport symphony rocks back by bringing back some classics (includes video), January 16, 2014, KTBS

Randy Jackson: ‘It’s a big sound’ – Shreveport Symphony to help orchestrate reincarnated Led Zeppelin performance, January 9, 2014, Shreveport Times

Symphony to debut Moonbot’s ‘The Numberlys,’ October 24, 2013, Shreveport Times

Symphony reaches out through music, December 16, 2012, Shreveport Times

Legendary Shreveport violinist retires, April 29, 2012,

Shreveport Symphony makes its return, November 13, 2010, KTBS News

Shreveport Symphony reaches agreement with musician’s union, July 19, 2010, KSLA News

Symphony and Musicians Reach Contract Agreement: Musicians’ Pay to be Cut 45 Percent, July 19, 2010, KTBS News