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Dreamers’ Circus Takes the Stage at the Mahaney Arts Center March 6

February 14, 2020

Award-winning Nordic Folk Trio Brings World Music Energy to Performing Arts Series


Middlebury, VT—Dreamers’ Circus, the hot young Danish trio hailed as the new driving force in Nordic world music, will make their Middlebury debut on Friday, March 6 at the Mahaney Arts Center. Contemporary and endlessly innovative in their approach, the award-winning ensemble draws inspiration from the deep traditions of Nordic folk music and reshapes them into something bright, shiny, and new. This concert promises to be one of the most popular events of the Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season.

Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll learned about the trio at a classical music concert three years ago. “During the Danish String Quartet’s Middlebury residency in October 2017, there was an overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience response to the Nordic folk music included on their program. When the quartet’s violinist Rune told me of his folk trio Dreamers’ Circus, I was on the phone to their agent the next morning.”

Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy singer-songwriter Aida O’Brien ’20 performing in the lobby before the show.


About Dreamers’ Circus

Late one night in 2009, piano and accordion player Nikolaj Busk pushed open the door of a bar in Copenhagen and chanced upon fiddle player Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen and cittern player, Ale Carr, playing some traditional tunes. Spotting a piano in the corner of the room, Busk joined the pair. Within minutes it was clear that there was an instant musical chemistry happening. Since that first meeting Dreamers’ Circus has toured widely, performing in their native Scandinavia and throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, and North America.

The members of the trio have various musical backgrounds. Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen grew up in a household where traditional dance and music was enjoyed but he also studied classical music and currently plays as a member of the world-class Danish String Quartet. Nikolaj Busk’s background in jazz is evident in his fluid and melodic playing, while Ale Carr is from a family of well-known traditional musicians and teachers in his native southern Sweden, and his rhythmic drive forms the backbone of the band.

The ensemble has won five prestigious Danish Music Awards, collaborates regularly with the Danish String Quartet and the Copenhagen Philharmonic, and has performed with the BBC Scottish Orchestra. Career highlights include performances at the Roskilde Festival, joining The Chieftains onstage in Japan, as well as collaborations with many stars of world music.


I hesitate to call this the cutting edge of Danish folk, if only because the band is so well rounded. It doesn’t cut but heals, welcoming listeners into the same oneness enjoyed by the band on stage. —Roots World


They draw on their native folk traditions to create music that is haunting, gently mysterious, gorgeously atmospheric and always superbly considered. —Herald Scotland


Performance Details

Dreamers’ Circus will perform on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:30 P.M. at the Mahaney Arts Center (MAC), Robison Hall. Singer-songwriter Aida O’Brien ’20 will perform for arriving patrons starting at 7:00 P.M. The MAC is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Rt. 30 or in the MAC parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Reserved seating tickets are $28 for the general public; $22 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at (802)443-MIDD (6433) or This performance is expected to sell out in advance.



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Nordic folk group Dreamer’s Circus will perform at the MAC on Friday, March 6. Photo by Kristoffer Juel Poulsen

Nordic folk group Dreamer’s Circus will perform at the MAC on Friday, March 6. Photo by Caroline Bittencourt

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