“Within the Orb of Glories Wearing”

Airing Live on EWTN!

Shreveport production from our Cathedral
will be seen throughout the world!

Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 12:30pm!


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Music by Kermit Poling
Performed by the Shreveport Festival String Quartet
Narrated by Father Peter Mangum

The Shreveport Festival String Quartet performed Kermit Poling’s original music reflecting on the lives of seven saints – Within the Orb of Glories Wearing!  Originally performed on All Saints Day, 2008 in the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, the video was produced in 2016 in the Cathedral and selected to air live on EWTN in 2017.  The premiere in the United States will be on May 21, 12:30pm, and will be viewed on other dates throughout the world!

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 36th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories.

The musical reflection celebrates the lives of seven saints through a 7-movement piece for string quartet by composer Kermit Poling.   The saints’ lives featured are St. Paul, St. Cecelia, St. Hildegard of Bingen, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, Br. Joseph Thamby, and St. John Berchmans.

The Festival String Quartet, led by Maestro Leonard Kacenjar, includes Mary Eileen Grant, violinist, Zackery Grant, violinist and Laura Huff, cellist.  Kacenjar celebrated forty years as the conductor of the Marshall Symphony Orchestra as well as seven season as concertmaster with the Shreveport Symphony.  He founded the Summer Music Festival in Shreveport and teaches violin and viola for “Project String Power, Inc.” in Panola County as well as conducts the student orchestra “Super Group”.

Kermit Poling was named by Forum Magazine as one of the top ten faces to watch. He has more than almost years as music director for is the South Arkansas Symphony and the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet as well as Concertmaster for the Shreveport Symphony and General Manager of the Red River Radio public radio network at LSUS.  He is a composer and conductor who perform extensively throughout the United States and around the world, as well as servin as choirmaster and organist at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Bossier City.

Interview with Kermit Poling

A stage play on the lives of these saints was written by NC Theatre Director Dr. Shellie O’Neal.


Sunday, May 21, 2017
Watch at 12:30pm live premiere on EWTN
Join us for a light lunch & viewing at St. John’s!
Doors open at Noon
Premiere begins promptly at 12:30pm

On Sunday, May 21, 2017,
EWTN will air the musical reflection
on the lives of the Saints,
“Within the Orb of Glories Wearing”,
which was performed in our Cathedral
by the Shreveport Festival String Quartet,
composed by Kermit Poling and
narrated by Father Peter Mangum.


Interview with Kermit Poling
Within the Orb of Glories Wearing


“Production made possible by Bernadette and Carter Boyd in memory of Lucille and Joseph Cordaro”

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