Smooth Jazz Goddess Keiko Matsui�To Perform Holiday Concert at Bowers Museum on Dec. 12

World renowned pianist highlights�fund-raising event for children�s education programs at Kidseum, the Bowers� acclaimed children�s art center.

keiko-matsui_child.jpgSmooth jazz goddess Keiko Matsui�will perform a special holiday concert in the spectacular setting of the Bowers Museum picturesque courtyard on�December�12, 2004, from 5-9:30 p.m.

Holiday Concert featuring Keiko Matsui and Special Guests will benefit the Bowers' education programs at its acclaimed children�s art center, Kidseum, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in December.�

The event, which is sponsored by Good Neighbor Pharmacy,�will feature a reception and buffet dinner prepared by the world-class, award-winning restaurant, Tangata.

Tickets are $75 and are available at the Bowers Museum box office or by visiting www.museumtix.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (877) 250-8999.

Keiko Matsui has recorded 17 CDs and albums, and has been honored as the Top Indie Contemporary Jazz Artist of The Year by Billboard Magazine. She has also earned accolades with the American Society Essence Award, the National Smooth Jazz Award and Best Female Artist.

�We�re ecstatic to have a musician as great as Keiko Matsui perform at our annual children�s education program fundraiser,� says Bowers Museum Executive Vice President Vickie Byrd. �She�s not only a marvelously talented and dynamic jazz artist, she is also a wonderful human being who is always giving of herself to the community.�

Music, art and education are at the forefront of Keiko�s life, along with her family. She creates music that helps heal a world in turmoil. Her music communicates messages of peace, compassion, and humanity to listeners around the world.

Keiko draws inspiration from the power struggles depicted in classic literature and opera, and hopes that "if people listen to the music for just a moment, they might stop thinking of the power struggles they have day-to-day with family, neighbors, or co-workers.� Her hope is that �music can give us all a sense of balance and peace in our lives � peace and a sense of responsibility to carry that message in our hearts wherever we go and to whomever we meet."

From her debut album in 1987 A Drop Of Water and subsequent recordings such as Under Northern Lights (1990), Cherry Blossom (1992), Sapphire (1995), Dream Walk (1996), Full Moon (1998) and The Ring (2002), Keiko has cemented her reputation and increased her popularity throughout the world

Kidseum, one of the most unique children�s art and education centers in the country, offers a wide variety of art and educational events and programs, and presents an array of fun-filled activities. �We open new worlds to children and families,� says Genevieve Southgate, manager of Kidseum.

Kidseum is an outlet for children to explore and expand on fresh ideas nourished by the hands-on atmosphere at the facility. The facility encourages children to use their imagination. For instance, Kidseum has costumes and masks from all different countries for the kids to try on, an excavation site for archeological digs, an electronic language center, dozens of instruments, a table where children can write their names in different languages, a book nook, and puppets from all over the world.���

Kidseum has such a powerful impact that, according to a teachers survey, 92 percent of the children who participate in events improve behaviorally, 90 percent improve academically, 83 percent produce completed homework and 88 percent improve attendance.

The Bowers Museum, located at 2002 N. Main Street in historic Santa Ana, is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The museum features six exhibitions, including Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality, Bridges to Understanding: Portraits by Phil Borges, Vision of the Shaman, and California: The Golden Years. The Bowers also offers a world-class dining and shopping experience with its restaurant Tangata and two eclectic gallery stores.