There was a lot of anxiety about how the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra would sound in the Taft Theatre, its temporary home while Music Hall undergoes renovation. The opening notes of the CSO’s season opener with Emanuel Ax dispelled any doubts, and it’s been uphill all the way. Thanks to the geniuses at Akustiks, an internationally recognized sound design company, the great CSO performed with the clarity, textures and expression that were all but inaudible in Music Hall. And the even better news is that Akustiks is overseeing Music Hall’s sonic refurbishment. The CSO is scheduled to return to play there for its 2017-18 season and beyond. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, cincinnatisymphony.org.