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      A new instrument for the summer

      A group of Marquette musicians have switched instruments for the summer, and they are ready to share their new talents with the public. The recently formed Northern Sinfonia is giving a concert this Monday night at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

      Ben Harris, a who usually plays cello but is playing trumpet in the group, said they're "awfully good."

      "We're local musicans and we switch instruments and try to learn it and put on a concert," said Harris.

      The Northern Sinfonia was founded with a purpose. Inspired by a similar orchestra from England, Sonja Prychitko and her sister established the group in Marquette.

      "We started it in order to allow musicians to play a different instrument than they're used to playing on," said Prychitko.

      Primarily a violinist, Prychitko has been learning trumpet and percussion and is one of the ensemble's conductors.

      The Northern Sinfonia consists of 25 high school and college musicians from around Marquette County.

      "We had someone that can already play the instrument, we had them teach everyone in the section how to play, basic techniques," Prychitko said.

      Since the beginning of July, the orchestra has been rehearsing nine different classical pieces that are modified for a group of beginners.

      "We're doing everything from Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky," Prychitko explained, "so it's a wide assortment of pieces."

      Harris expects the audience to enjoy the performance.

      "You're supposed to have fun with us while we're trying to learn these new instruments," he said. "It's not supposed to sound good, and that's the point."

      The Northern Sinfonia will perform next Monday night at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Peter White Public Library. Admission to the concert is free.