MARCO FUSI AND THE KUKURUZ QUARTET at the Italian Academy (Feb. 20, 7 p.m.). This quartet — pianos, not strings — is joined by a leading new-music violinist for a sprawling, free program that culminates with another contribution to the Julius Eastman revival, a performance of his “Gay Guerrilla.” Before that, there is music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Giacinto Scelsi, John Cage and Marcel Zaes.
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WANG LU at Miller Theater (Feb. 21, 8 p.m.). This Chinese-born composer benefits from the first of Miller’s spring composer portraits, and from the advocacy of the new-music royalty on hand to perform her pieces: the International Contemporary Ensemble and Yarn/Wire. There’s one world premiere, “A-PPA-Aratus,” as well as “Childhood Amnesia,” “Rates of Extinction,” “Urban Inventory” and “Siren Song.”
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall (Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.; through Feb. 23). Matthias Pintscher leads the Philharmonic this week, and the conductor-composer brings along one of his own works, the violin concerto “Mar’eh,” in which Renaud Capuçon is the soloist. Also on the bill are Ravel’s “Alborada del gracioso” and Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” performed in its entirety. After the concert on Feb. 23, Pintscher curates a Nightcap concert in the Kaplan Penthouse, with Nadia Sirota as the host.
RUSSIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA at David Geffen Hall (Feb. 20, 8 p.m.). Nothing more imaginative than an all-Rachmaninoff program is on offer here, but from an orchestra with a unique sound and personality. Kirill Karabits conducts the “Symphonic Dances” and the Piano Concerto No. 2; Mikhail Pletnev is the soloist.
JORDI SAVALL AND LE CONCERT DES NATIONS at Zankel Hall (Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.). Savall and his endlessly inventive Baroque ensemble return to music they performed on the soundtrack for the film “Tous les Matins du Monde,” which starred Gérard Depardieu as the composer Marin Marais. Expect works by Marais, Lully, Sainte-Colombe, Couperin, Rameau and LeClair.