When the CSO wants to celebrate its Music Director Designate Louis Langrée, what better piece than Beethoven’s magnum opus, the mighty Symphony No. 9, known as the Choral? Beethoven embodied his firm belief in 18th century Enlightenment ideals with the soaring “Ode to Joy,” which has become the emblematic hymn to freedom
. The concert opens with Arnold Schoenberg’s gripping “A Survivor From Warsaw,” a reminder of how those ideals were corrupted beyond imagination. These performances mark the second time the CSO does this unique and memorable pairing. It’s part of the One City, One Symphony initiative. Featuring the CSO, led by Maestro Langrée, the always excellent May Festival Chorus and soloists Twyla Robinson, Kelley O’Connor, Dimitri Pittas and Morris Robinson. Through Sunday. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15; 8 p.m. Nov. 17; 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300, cincinnatisymphony.org.