Music director Thierry Fischer has big plans for the Utah Symphony's 75th-anniversary season — and Friday's season-opening performance indicated that the orchestra is up for the challenges.
First up: eight Beethoven symphonies in two weekends, starting with the Fourth and Fifth on opening night. A vibrant performance of the composer's "Coriolan" Overture started Friday's concert with an exclamation point. (How often do you hear shouts of "bravo" after the curtain-raiser?) A taut, energetic performance of the rambunctious Symphony No. 4 followed. Fischer is using streamlined lineups so as not to overtax his players; a side effect is an incisive, nimble sound.