When Vanessa Dinning moved to San Diego in 2007, her friends in London thought she was crazy for moving to a “cultural desert.”

But she’s found them to be wrong. Dinning is an actor and director (she played the gravedigger and the cello in the recent “Hamlet” production we stopped in on) and an associate director of outbound sales at San Diego Opera. I found Vanessa when she included a hashtag quip on her Twitter account about the San Diego Symphony’s pre-concert lecturer, Nuvi Mehta: “#nuvirocks.”

We convened our second arts illumination event, A Meeting of the Minds, last week. Six speakers highlighted arts and culture topics in a visual, rapid-fire presentation style. Each presenter had 20 slides, displayed for 20 seconds each. The standing-room-only event was at the Luce Loft in East Village.

Dinning discussed the connection between words, music and meaning in performances and the arts. Here’s her presentation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38HZ9zYkHrM

Have you been to Mehta’s “Symphony Expose” concerts? Where do you see the intersections between words, music and drama? Leave a comment below.

I’m Kelly Bennett, the arts editor for VOSD. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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