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April 04, 2016  -  By Mark Locklear for the Robesonian  /  Elvis Express Radio
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Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll, and Marc Chagall, renowned French painter, may sound like the modern-day odd couple.

But noted lecturer Vivian Jacobson has discovered a harmonious connection between the two 20th century icons.

UNC Pembroke plays host to Jacobson on Wednesday as she presents “Elvis and Chagall” at the Moore Hall Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m.

The multimedia presentation will feature paintings by Chagall coupled with music by Presley.

Alison DeCinti, assistant vice chancellor for Advancement, said the audience is in for a treat.

“Vivian Jacobson is a brilliant lecturer,” DeCinti said. “Her portrayal of the life and art of Chagall mixed with the legendary tunes from Elvis makes for a unique display for the love of
the arts.”

The lecture is free, but tickets are required.

“Elvis and Chagall” is part of the featured events during Installation Week. The installation ceremony for Dr. Robin Gary Cummings will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Givens
Performing Arts Center. A reception will follow at the English Jones Center.

Jacobson, who lives in Pinehurst, worked closely with Chagall on significant international programs during the last 11 years of his life. Chagall died in 1986. Recognized for her
expertise on Chagall’s artwork and history, Jacobson has lectured for art groups, museums, churches, synagogues, colleges and schools nationally as well as in Europe and Israel.
She was appointed as Chagall speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council Forum in 2001.

A devoted fan of Presley, Jacobson compares the backgrounds of the two icons, noting their similar passion, creativity and accomplishments.

Originally from Chicago, Jacobson holds a degree in elementary education from Roosevelt University with postgraduate work in the French language at Northeastern Illinois
University. Her interest in art was nurtured through visits to the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1974, Vivian and husband Ralph were hosts for a reception honoring Chagall and his wife
on behalf of the Hadassah Medical Organization of Jerusalem. Jacobson was later asked to become a founding member of the American Friends of Chagall’s Biblical Message
Museum, Nice, France.

Tickets for “Elvis and Chagall” can be reserved by contacting the Office of Advancement at 910-521-6252.
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