Missak Baghboudarian, conductor of the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, in full flight. (Courtesy Missak Baghboudarian)
  • Missak Baghboudarian, conductor of the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, in full flight. (Courtesy Missak Baghboudarian)
  • In 2009, Baghboudarian accepted a request to take a few soloists to the United States to perform alongside the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Orange County, Calif. (Courtesy Missak Baghboudarian)
  • President Bashar al-Assad of Syria walks on stage to congratulate Baghboudarian. (Courtesy Missak Baghboudarian)

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