Upcoming Concerts

Sunday 14 May 2023; 15:30. Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam (NL)
Presenting NSJO Kids! with the Netherland Youth Stringorchestra (NJSO) and conductor Carel den Hertog. Program to include Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor RV531

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Concerttour (NL) Wiener Sachertorte with the Netherland Youth Stringorchestra (NJSO) and conductor Carel den Hertog. Program to include: 

Joseph Haydn Celloconcerto in C major Hob. VIIb:1  
Heather Pinkham 'Shadows Fade' (on a theme from Mozart's Lacrimosa) for cello and stringorchestra (Worldpremière) 
Alma Mahler - Die stille Stadt for cello and stringorchestra (arr. Wijnand van Klaveren)

Friday 2 June 2023, 19:30 Zimihc Zuilen, Utrecht. 
Saterday 10 June 2023, 20:00  Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam.
Sunday 11 June 2023, 15:00 Mozart(k)ring. H. Antonius Abtkerk kerk, Wijchen
Sunday 25 June 2023, 20:00 de Duif, Amsterdam.

Read Interview with Pamela about this program (in Dutch)

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Concert series 'Vriendenconcerten'

Pamela Smits is founder of the concert series Vriendenconcerten and artistic director of Foundation Vriendenconcerten since 2013. See below for Archive previous seasons.

This season is the 10th anniversary of the seris at the Zuiderkerk Amsterdam. Eight concerts of this series takes place at the beautiful 17th century church, the Zuiderkerk in the heart of old Amsterdam. The Misa Criolla Christmas concerts also take place in Utrecht, Beekbergen and Haarlem (NL).


Season 2022-2023
Last concert of this season: 
: Saturday 10 June 2023, at 20:00 hrs. Zuiderkerk Amsterdam

Poster Credit Patrick Keeler

Pamela Smits, cello soloist
Netherlands Youth Stringorchestra  
Carel den Hertog, conductor

Soloist Pamela Smits will not only perform the joyous and virtuosic Haydn celloconcert in C-groot, but also a composition by the American composer Heather Pinkham;, especially written for her; a world premiere! From the composer Alma Mahler (Gustav Mahler's wife) she will perform the song Die stille Stadt, which has been arranged for cello solo with string orchestra by Wijnand van Klaveren for this occasion.

The NJSO is the string orchestra for young talentd string players between the ages of 12 and 21 years. These talents arrive from all over the country and are ofter already sitting in young talent classes of preparatory courses at Dutch conservatories. With his enourmous energy, skill and infectious enthusiasm, conductor and violist Carel den Hertog stimulates these young musicians to a very high musical and technical level, often collaborating with world-renowned soloists.


Stichting Vriendenconcerten (Foundation Vriendenconcerten)

ABN AMRO Bank: NL45ABNA053.76.04.693?

Opening Church and Ticketcounter:
30 minutes before the start of a concert
Saturday at 19:30 hrs.
Sunday at 15:00 hrs.

Tickets and reservations:
T +31 6 3076 0224

Build in the Dutch renaissance style this beautiful 17th century church is situated between the Waterlooplein and the Nieuwmarkt right in the center of Amsterdam.

De Zuiderkerk
Zuiderkerkhof 71
1011 WB Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T +31 20 308 03 99



Program Proposals

Selection of program proposals for recitals in the season 2018/2019:

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Cello Solo:
Heaven and Hell

Cello and Piano with pianist Tobias Borsboom
Love and Death  Romantic program
Bohemian Rhapsody Czech program
Maître et Apprenti  French program with a teacher-pupil line

All-time Favourites Easy-listening romantic cello favourites program
Hungarian Canvas Hungarian cello/piano program, with Kodály cello solo sonata

Cello and Double Bass with double bass player Quirijn van Regteren Altena:
Deep Feelings and Moments Musical 


Considerations concerning other repertoire is open for discussions. 
See also repertoire list..

Or, feel free to send an email to Pamela via and she will be happy to contact you directly to consider the various ideas.



Pentachord Ensemble


Pentachord, a row of five strings. Five renowned musicians founded this ensemble sharing a passion for piano quintets and chambermusic.
- Effacta Productions

For bookings or information please contact Effacta Productions:

Guido Nederlof
 T  +31 23 - 532 4690


The Pentachord Ensemble
Maarten den Hengst - piano
Emi Ohi Resnick - violin
Mikhail Zemtsov -viola
Pamela Smits - cello
Quirijn van Regteren Altena - double bass
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Program proposals:

Program Purcell, Arensky, F. Martin or Mahler and Trout
Program Piano quintets of Vaughan Williams and Schubert
Program Duo's and Schubert or Vaughan Williams piano quintet

Program Penta Plus. Mozart and Dvo?ák stringquintets and Mendelssohn pianosextet with Giles Francis violin and viola.


 Download Portfolio hr.-photos of the Pentachord Ensemble

"From the first note of the famous quintet the Pentachord Ensemble overwhelmed with their lightness, precision and very agile way of playing. Schubert escaped from all the clichés. Also is in all their smaller group arrangements The Pentachord a joy to the eye and ear, because of the dedicated music making of the musicians. A sparkling ensemble that left the audience of the museumchurch of Schokland in awe."

-from a review of the Noordoostpolder newspaper.


"The Trout Quintet can be reckoned among the gems of classical music. Of the Dutch music ensembles the Pentachord threads a long chain of gems with their way of playing. Moreover, for the entire ensemble applies that they posses a special musical gift and that they feel intensely connected to their instruments, one can see that, one can hear that." 

-from a review of the Nieuwe Meerbode, Aalsmeer (NL)