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The Filharmonic Brings Its Musical Style to Clarke

August 30, 2016: The Filharmonic, the Los-Angeles based group of Filipino-American youngsters who were featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, “The Sing-Off,” will perform at Clarke University on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The Filharmonic’s performance will be in Jansen Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and are available at, or by call 563-588-6377.

The group has shared the stage with Linkin Park, Black Eyed Peas and Pentatonix, and appeared in “Pitch Perfect 2.” Filharmonic consists of six members: vocalists VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, and Barry Fortgang; vocal bass Jules Cruz; and beat boxer Niko Del Rey. Their melodic vocal style exemplifies an urbanesque hip hop sound with ’90s nostalgia. 

According to the group’s website, what started as friendly chance encounters at singing competitions in college eventually solidified into a harmonious group as the boys discovered their shared genuine chemistry, unparalleled love of music, and undeniable musical talents. Through social network and a strong kinship to their Filipino culture they have found their niche in the musical community. Though their passion for great music is on par,  their combined talents come from a wide variety of backgrounds in the performing arts industry, including pop, a cappella, jazz, opera, theater, classical, etc. Together they honor their Filipino heritage through incredibly nuanced musical performances that are both moving and fun to experience.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.



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