World class is typically associated with manufacturing linked to Northwest Indiana as exceptional makers of steel, petroleum, and even jet engine parts. But a husband and wife team in Michigan City are redefining the boundaries of exceptional performance at the community level to include world class chamber music. This event has attracted Emmy, Grammy and Gramophone Magazine award winning solists from across the nation. Based at The First Presbyterian Church in Michigan City, Nic (above, left) and Sunny Gardener Orbovich founded the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival (MCCMF) back in 2002, driven by a passion to bring great classical music to their hometown. They exemplify a commitment to the highest quality of music for their audiences. No better example than their just completed 16th season featuring Beethoven and Ravel on Aug. 7th, Schubert & Crusell on August 9th, Beethoven and Schubert on August 11th, and Corelli and Copland on August 13th. What sets this apart is a unique combination of education, international artists, and free performances. But as Nic explained, it is also about creating an “intimate conversation” about the music between the audience and the artists. Their model consists of 8 completely different performances in 9 days, including 5 formal concerts and 3 children’s concerts. “These founders want to share their love of classical music,” said nominator William Halliar.