The new Hawaii Symphony Orchestra is launching its inaugural season this weekend.
Honolulu has been without a symphony orchestra since the 110-year-old Honolulu Symphony stopped performing in late 2009.
Before their first rehearsal Friday, Hawaii Symphony musicians gave their president an extended standing ovation.
About 55 musicians or two-thirds of the orchestra come from the defunct Honolulu Symphony.
The last time the musicians performed as the Honolulu Symphony was October 23rd, 2009.
"A few years ago we were dreaming about this day," said Steven Monder, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra president.
A Symphony Exploratory Committee reached an agreement with the musicians' union last year, to start a new symphony.
Musicians have 16-week contracts with a salary of $1,000 a week.
They'll play for Ballet Hawaii's Nutcracker and the Hawaii Opera Theatre.
Monder said the start-up symphony would not have been possible without the community's support.
"The support is already there. People just want to see us succeed. And we'll do it," Monder said.
"We've been working very hard since then to bring this day to reality," said musician Jonathan Parrish.
But the symphony's success also rests with the musicians.
Parrish said the majority of Honolulu Symphony musicians remained in Hawaii after the orchestra folded.
Some found work elsewhere, mostly teaching.
"The majority of musicians took on additional students. We've all had an increased teaching load. And I think we'll look forward to sort of spreading that out now," Parrish said.
Parrish said ultimately, up to 90 percent of the Honolulu Symphony's musicians be joining the new Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
"I think it says that the musicians are committed to serving this community with symphonic music. They love Hawaii and they love what they do," Parrish said.
The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra performs at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $30.00 and are available at the Hawaii Symphony Box Office at (808) 593-9468.