|From The Bay State Banner, 1 March 2018
One of only a few African Americans to find success in classical music, violist [and MIT Institute Professor] Marcus Thompson has garnered critical acclaim since the start of his illustrious career. The South Bronx native earned the Juilliard School’s first-ever doctorate in viola performance, and in 1968, he performed in Carnegie Hall as winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Also in 1968, Thompson made his Boston debut, on April 4, with a recital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
That evening, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and the two pivotal events—King’s death and his start on the concert stage, mingle in Thompson’s memory.
On the evening of Feb. 24,  at Kresge Auditorium, on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Thompson marked the 50th anniversary of his debut with a concert that reflected King’s legacy as well as his own.