NORTH MANCHESTER - The Manchester New Music Festival will be held at Manchester University on May 6 and 7.

The festival in North Manchester will present five free concerts of contemporary classical music by more than 30 composers from all over the United States. It will include music for a variety of instrumentation and media such as chamber music, solo and electroacoustic works.

The featured performer is four-time Grammy Award-winning cellist Nick Photinos.

Each concert program will be comprised of new works by composers, most of whom will be at the festival. All concerts are in Grace Wine Recital Hall in Otho Winger Hall.

Festival Schedule:

Concert 1: Solo, chamber and electroacoustic music at 3:30 p.m. May 6. Program will feature a mix of chamber music including trumpet, soprano, piano and oboe as well as electroacoustic compositions.

Concert 2: Solo, chamber and electroacoustic music at 7 p.m. May 6. Program will feature a variety of chamber and electroacoustic works including compositions for solo cello performed by Nick Photinos.

Concert 3: Solo, chamber and electroacoustic music at 11 a.m. May 7. Program will feature a mix of chamber music including violin, piano, viola as well as electroacoustic compositions.

Concert 4: Solo, chamber and electroacoustic works at 3:30 p.m. May 7.

Concert 5: Music program for solo cello and electronics featuring Photinos is 7 p.m. May 7.

The festival will also include an electroacoustic listening room running continuously and a Saturday afternoon workshop session with Nick Photinos.

Those with questions can contact Tim Reed at tmreed@manchester.edu. Reed, theory and composition coordinator in the Manchester University Music Department, is himself a composer of acoustic, electroacoustic and film music.