WBEZ | Michael Miles http://www.wbez.org/tags/michael-miles Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Notes: Area musician connects students to Middle Eastern peers through music http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-11/global-notes-area-musician-connects-students-middle-eastern-peers-throug <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-11/childrenschoir.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We all know that music has the power to bring people together, but Chicago musician and composer <a href="http://www.milesmusic.org/">Michael Miles</a> really delivers on that promise. He performs with artists in the Middle East on what he calls “musical diplomacy tours."</p><p>Michael also works with kids. He runs a music program for the Global Voices Initiative, which uses Skype to bring the “pen pals” idea to the digital age.</p><p>Recently, he and a fifth grade music class at <a href="http://rutledge.sd74.org/home/">Rutledge Hall</a> school in Lincolnwood, IL Skyped with a school in Beirut, Lebanon. The two groups chatted and sang songs.</p><p>On this edition of <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes">Global Notes</a></em>, Michael Miles brought some of the students from Rutledge Hall to WBEZ's <a href="http://www.chicagopublicmedia.org/studios" target="_self">Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio</a>.</p><p>Michael performed some music from his new album <em>Collage </em>and backed the student choir on guitar.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="225" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/23558081?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="400"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/23558081">Fifth graders perform on Worldview</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/wbez">WBEZ</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 16:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-11/global-notes-area-musician-connects-students-middle-eastern-peers-throug