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Creative Edge Lecture: Charles Limb

Venue: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall Tickets start at $35.00


Arts Orange County’s 7th annual Creative Edge Lecture: Charles Limb will inspire leaders from business, education, and the arts. The guest lecturer is neuroscientist and musician Charles Limb, noted from his popular TED talk “Your Brain on Improv.” It is presented in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education, Fourth District PTA and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, with title sponsorship by The Boeing Company.

Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation—so he put jazz musicians and rappers into an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has profound implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds. Dr. Limb is the Francis A. Sooy, MD Professor and Chief of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Limb is also the Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Limb’s work has been warmly embraced by the arts world, through his presentation “The Neuroscience of Jazz” at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and as a featured panelist at the Sundance Film Festival.

Dr. Limb is an expert in music perception, has authored more than 60 manuscripts and has lectured world-wide, including his popular TED talk “Your Brain on Improv.” A 1992 graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Limb earned his MD degree at Yale, then interned at Johns Hopkins where he held a two year NIH fellowship. He then embarked on an extremely successful clinical and research career on the faculty of Johns Hopkins where he held active appointments in the School of Education and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in addition to his appointment within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Running time (approximate): 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission

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