Expert on music and brain function to speak at upcoming Creative Edge Lecture

Noted neuroscientist and musician Charles Limb, who has extensively researched how the brain creates and responds to music, will be the featured speaker at next month’s seventh annual Creative Edge Lecture, which will be held at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 10.39.58 AMThe 90-minute presentation, which starts at 10 a.m. on March 14, is also set to include musicians from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA. If your work involves education, business or the arts, this would be a good lecture to check out, and we’ve got the ticket information below. 

Dr. Limb, who has degrees from both Harvard and Yale, is a professor and chief of otology/neurotology and skull base surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He’s also an expert in music whose studies on how the brain works during musical improvisation led him to put jazz musicians and rappers through a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner, or fMRI.

By sharing his latest findings, Dr. Limb will offer invaluable insight on how humans generate new ideas, why creativity is a crucial part of who we are, and why creative pursuits are critical to the advancement of the human race. It’s pretty fascinating research, and as such Dr. Limb has been featured by a number of prominent outlets including the New York Times, CNN and TED.

Sponsors for this year’s Creative Edge Lecture include the Orange County Department of Education, Boeing, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Phil and Mary Lyons, Haskell & White LLP, UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Susan K. Hori, Carl Neisser, Judith Posnikoff, Janet and James “Walkie” Ray, Kay Mortenson and the Orange County Community Foundation.

The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is located at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Tickets are $25 if purchased before the early-bird deadline of Feb. 29 and $35 if purchased in March. The cost for students to attend is just $10.

To order tickets, visit, or call 714-556-2787. For more information, contact Steve Venz, OCDE’s visual and performing arts coordinator, at 714-966-4128 or

April 21 lecture featuring Sarah Lewis expected to draw business and education leaders

CEL_2015_HeaderRenowned author, historian, curator and critic Sarah Lewis will be the featured speaker at the sixth annual Creative Edge Lecture Tuesday, April 21 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

“Breakthrough! What We All Can Learn From The World’s Greatest Innovators” starts at 9:30 a.m., and tickets are available to the public at $35 each. The lecture, which is expected to draw leaders from the business and education communities, is being presented by the Orange County Department of Education, Arts Orange County, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Fourth District PTA with support from Boeing.

Lewis, who holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale, is an assistant professor of the history of art and architecture, as well as African and African American studies, at Harvard. She has served on President Obama’s Arts Policy Committee and as a trustee of Creative Time, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), the Brearley School and the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts. She has also held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London.

According to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ website, Lewis “will offer a new understanding of what sparks creative endeavors and illuminate how embracing our so-called failures can lead to incredible transformation and true breakthroughs.” Her presentation will link the need for creative, innovative employees to the work that goes on in our schools through arts education.

For tickets, click here, visit or call 714-556-2787. And for more information, contact Steve Venz, OCDE’s visual and performing arts coordinator, at 714-966-4128 or