Nick Strimple will mark his retirement after 35 years of service to the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, with a gala concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, June 23 in the church sanctuary at 505 N. Rodeo Dr.
Strimple will conduct the Choral Society of Southern California and the church’s Chancel Choir and orchestra in pieces including his own Pacem desiderans, a new orchestral work, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
An established composer, Strimple has written concert and liturgical works and has received commissions from the Vienna International Organ Festival, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Diva Complex, Jorge Mester and others.
Several of his large works have been recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also composed film and television scores and has served as arranger and/or director for Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Air Supply and other artists.
Dr. Strimple’s interests include 20th century music, Jewish music, the music of Dvorák and other Czech composers, the aesthetics of sacred music, and virtually all aspects of choral music.
Strimple is recognized internationally for his work with music related to the Holocaust.
Strimple has conducted some of the world’s most prominent ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra and chorus of the Polish National Opera, the Philharmonic Orchestra (London) and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra.
Suggested donation for the concert is $15. A noon luncheon will also be held at the church; $10 for adults, and $5 for children. For reservations and information, call the church office, 310-271-5194.