Diplomacy by music is what concert goers found at Jones Hall on Thursday night.  A full house welcomed the Israeli Philharmonic.  It’s the orchestra founded in 1936, of Jewish musicians fleeing Nazism, now one of Israel’s oldest and most influential cultural institutions.

The performance was presented by Society for the Performing Arts Houston, but made possible by corporate good citizens like Noble Energy and Oxy, BMC software and United Airlines, longtime business partners with Israel, as well as Texas supermarket stalwart HEB. 

Shared business is diplomacy.  But the Israelis sealed it in gold. At the conductor’s first baton raise, the orchestra jumped to its feet and played the Star Spangled Banner.   A sublime moment of honor from enduring friends.