The Syrian Anthem at a Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Azm Palace - 1957

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From left to right: Foreign Minister Salah al-Bitar, his wife, Naziha al-Homsi wife of Akram al-Hawrani, Prime Minister Sabri al-Asali, Parliament Speaker Nazem al-Qudsi, wife of the Austrian Ambassador to Damascus, President Shukri al-Quwatli. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, with its 100 musicians, came to take part at the Damascus International Fair. Given a budget deficit, their travel and stay was bankrolled by President Quwatli. So successful was the concert, attended by classic music lovers from around the Arab world, that they held special concert at the Azm Palace, attended by the President of the Republic.