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The concert featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Mozart and Salieri,” at 10:30 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, gets the BPO’s spring Classics season off to a riveting start. Here is your cheat sheet to what follows. Concerts are in Kleinhans Music Hall, and unless indicated, JoAnn Falletta conducts. For more information, call 885-5000.

8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Philippe Bianconi, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6.

Why go? It’s the Rach 3! Bianconi, an old-style virtuoso in tie and tails, is the right pianist to tackle it.

8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23: Gunther Herbig conducts Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Benjamin Beilman, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8.

Why go? Beilman, in his early 20s, is being called a phenom. Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony has not been played here since 1991.

10:30 a.m. March 7 and 8 p.m. March 8: Guest conductor Larry Rachleff leads Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Ginastera’s “Variacones Concertantes” and Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.”

Why go? This is the concert for Pope Francis fans, with all that Argentinian music.

8 p.m. March 22 and 2:30 p.m. MARCH 23: Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” with soprano Heidi Grant Murphy; Vaughan Williams’ Overture to “The Wasps”; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

Why go? The BPO played the nostalgic “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” in 2005 in Carnegie Hall. Mahler’s Fourth is enchanting.

8 p.m. March 29 and 2:30 p.m. March 30: Matthew Kraemer conducts Griffes’ “The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan”; Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia”; and Debussy’s “Nocturnes.” Wu Man plays Zhao Jiping’s Pipa Concerto.

Why go? How often do you hear a pipa virtuoso?

10:30 a.m. April 11, 8 p.m. April 12 and 2:30 p.m. April 13: Webern’s “Im Sommerwind”; Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony; and Korngold’s Violin Concerto, with BPO Concertmaster Michael Ludwig as soloist.

Why go? Ludwig is on a roll and should bring out the glamour of this gorgeous concerto.

8 p.m. April 26 and 2:30 p.m. April 27: Colin Currie is the soloist in Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto. Also, Jerome Moross’ Symphony No. 1 and Russell Platt’s “Euridice”; and dances from Bernstein’s “West Side Story.”

Why go? The symphony by Moross (1913-1983), an Oscar-winning film composer, especially sounds intriguing.

8 p.m. May 10 and 2:30 p.m. May 11: Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances”; Ravel’s “La Valse”; and the premiere of Miguel Del Aguila’s “Concerto Tango,” played by BPO Principal Cellist Roman Mekinulov.

Why go? Mekinulov is an exciting performer. Rachmaninoff is said to have worked on his “Symphonic Dances” in the Lenox Hotel.

8 p.m. May 31 and 2:30 p.m. June 1: Jon Kimura Parker plays Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” Also, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” Symphony and Tcherepnin’s Prelude to “The Faraway Princess.”

Why go? The BPO raises the roof with this Russian music, and the “Rhapsody” is a peerless crowd-pleaser.

– Mary Kunz Goldman