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« When Louise Bessette takes her place among the recipients of the 2019 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, it will be to accept her Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award for excellence in classical music. And perhaps unofficially, Bessette will also be lauded for her skills in diplomatic relations between Canada’s living composers and their audiences worldwide. “I feel like this award is not only for me,” she says, “but also for all of the Canadian music that I played…”