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Eric and Aveline von Ehrenberg
Couple to underwrite Tamir Hendelman Trio jazz concert on campus

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Mr. & Mrs. von Ehrenberg

"Having been a business major, the arts have been a wonderful diversion and have actually aided my creativity in the business world."

- Eric von Ehrenberg

An acclaimed pianist who has worked with such legends as Gladys Knight, Diana Krall and Barbra Streisand will play at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre on Tuesday November 27. Tamir Hendelman and his jazz trio will perform standards as well as originals, inspired by Brazilian music, blues and his Israeli heritage. The university community extends its utmost gratitude to underwriters Eric ‘64 and Aveline von Ehrenberg. Both are passionate supporters of the arts, who have also committed a planned gift to USD for scholarships in music, visual and performing arts.

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Mr. & Mrs. von Ehrenberg: You are underwriting a concert by acclaimed pianist Tamir Hendelman and his jazz trio. What inspired you to share this incredible evening of music with the USD community?

Eric von EhrenbergEric: We both wanted an opportunity to showcase USD’s newly formed Department of Music in such a way that would encourage current and potential future USD students to consider its merits. In addition, it’s a great opportunity for the community at large to become aware of what the department has to offer.

How would you describe Hendelman’s music? Do you have a favorite piece?

Aveline von EhrenbergAveline: Tamir’s jazz style is extremely versatile. Both his own compositions and arrangements of well-known pieces are inspired by his personal life and travel. Some have described his style as similar to Oscar Peterson. As for a favorite? Well, of Tamir’s own compositions, “Spring Action” (action packed) and “Almost Summer” (soft and expressive). Our favorite arrangement of all is “The Cape Verdean Blues.” It will knock your socks off! Guaranteed to get you moving in your seats!

Mr. & Mrs. von Ehrenberg

"We both wanted an opportunity to showcase USD’s newly formed Department of Music in such a way that would encourage current and potential future USD students to consider its merits."

- Eric von Ehrenberg

Mr. von Ehrenberg, you graduated from USD in 1964. What, in your opinion, makes our Alma Mater special?

Eric von EhrenbergEric: To see firsthand the caliber and quality of the students, faculty, and graduates, all evidenced by the ranking of the university today given its relatively short history.

Mr. & Mrs. von Ehrenberg

"Our favorite arrangement of all is “The Cape Verdean Blues.” It will knock your socks off! Guaranteed to get you moving in your seats!"

- Aveline von Ehrenberg

I understand you both possess a deep appreciation for the arts. Can either of you share a particular performance or artist that sparked your lifelong interest?

Eric von EhrenbergEric: I have always been interested in the arts even though I don’t possess any artistic talent myself. Art, whether it is spoken, written, painted, or played can be enjoyed as a true emotional experience that can last a lifetime. My parents were involved with the Old Globe and the Athenaeum early on.

Aveline von EhrenbergAveline: Growing up, my parents exposed me to all types of music, Opera to Mariachi, and I took piano and dance lessons. The one person that stands out, for me, is my middle school piano teacher who reassured me (unlike my private piano teacher) that I didn’t have to be perfect to enjoy playing the piano! I still keep in touch with him!

Mr. & Mrs. von Ehrenberg

"Tamir’s jazz style is extremely versatile. Both his own compositions and arrangements of well-known pieces are inspired by his personal life and travel."

- Aveline von Ehrenberg

How can music and performance enhance a liberal arts education?

Eric von EhrenbergEric: One needs an avocation in life to be complete. Having been a business major, the arts have been a wonderful diversion and have actually aided my creativity in the business world.

Aveline von EhrenbergAveline: My career was in health care administration, but now in retirement I have been able to transition back to my true passion, music and arts. For 12 years I have run a non-profit, all-volunteer music docent program here in San Diego, integrating my business education with my early music training.

What inspired you to commit your planned gift to USD for scholarships in music, visual, and performing arts?

Eric von EhrenbergEric: You can see from the responses above, we have found the perfect blend, as a couple. I am the USD Alum. That coupled with Aveline’s and my love of arts and music makes including USD in our living trust the right decision for us. There is no greater gift we could bequeath promising students than that of financial assistance. Our lasting endowment will continue providing students with the ability to achieve their academic goals and personal dreams, regardless of financial ability.

- Anne Malinoski ‘11

Quick Facts

  • We have been married 33 years.
  • We have no children, but are cat lovers.
  • Eric retired from American Honda as National Parts Manager and is enjoying golf, travel and genealogy research in retirement.
  • We moved to Rancho Bernardo from Manhattan Beach in 1999.
  • Eric’s 3rd great grandfather had his own 45-piece orchestra in Germany and was a patron of Berlioz, List and Wagner. He also composed music in the style of Schubert.

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