Music runs in the family for Joseph DiBello. Bonnie, his wife, is a violinist with the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago. And daughter Gina joined the CSO’s violin section last summer.

Largely self taught, he began playing the bass in high school, where it became evident that music was his first love. Upon graduating from high school, his practical nature dictated a secure career, and so he attended the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, graduating in 1966 with a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy.

Why did you choose your instrument?
It chose me because they needed a bass player in the high-school band!

What is your most memorable CSO performance?
Definitely Verdi’s Otello at Carnegie Hall with Maestro Muti conducting.

What piece performed in the 2013/14 season do you hope will become more appreciated? Ives’ Symphony No. 2 in April, because it is truly American and makes a reference to the European masters. Also, because Ives thought out of the box, was an iconoclast, and was offered the Pulitzer Prize for his Third Symphony 30 years after it was written, and he refused it.

Offstage I like to:
Go for walks in the Forest Preserve with my Shetland sheepdog, Lily.

Favorite food or meal:
Rapini and sundried tomatoes sautéed in extra virgin olive oil and garlic served over penne pasta with a good salad and a bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.


HOMETOWN: Philadelphia.
EDUCATION: University of the Sciences and also the University of the Arts, both in Philadelphia.

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