9. Boston Philharmonic Orchestra: Mahler Symphony No. 6:: Conductor Benjamin Zander leads one of his signature works, Mahler's most darkly beautiful symphony. The order of the movements remains controversial — which order will he choose? :: Sanders Theatre [February 21 + 24] :: $15-$70; Jordan Hall [February 23] :: $35-$98 :: 617.236.0999 or bostonphil.org [Also, Zander's spectacular new Youth Philharmonic returns with Mahler's Second Symphony and George Li in the Schumann Piano Concerto.March 10 :: Symphony Hall :: $15-$30 :: bostonphil.org

10. Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra :: The most edge-of-your-seat exciting orchestral performance of 2012 was Vladimir Jurowski conducting Shostakovich with the BSO. Jurowski's back, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, leading more Shostakovich (Violin Concerto No. 1, with Vadim Repin) and a little number called Beethoven's Fifth. :: March 8 :: Symphony Hall :: $45-$125 :: 617.482.2595 or celebrityseries.org

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