Murakami Music/JapanCulture•NYC Trivia Contest: Round 2 Winners, Round 3 Questions

JapanCulture•NYC is proud to team up with pianist Eunbi Kim and her Murakami Music Project on a trivia contest to give away tickets to the upcoming concert Murakami Music: Stories of Loss and Nostalgia. Round 1 of trivia questions was last week, and we’re happy to announce that Julia Bitzegeio and Oya Cingoz are the winners! They each won a pair of tickets to the performance, which takes stage at Symphony Space on Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. (For concert details, please click here.)

Julia and Oya are winners because they were randomly selected from participants who answered these questions correctly:

1. What was the name of the song that Hajime used to request and eventually asked to stop playing when his lover disappeared in South of the Border, West of the Sun?
A: “Star-Crossed Lovers” by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington

2. What piece of music opens up Murakami’s 1Q84?
A: Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček

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Thanks to everyone who participated! We’re giving away two more pairs of tickets this week and next, so you still have a chance to win.

Questions for Week 3:

1. What music did Toru describe as “the perfect music for cooking pasta” in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

2. In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which Mozart opera did Nutmeg compare Toru’s life to in his search for Kumiko, his missing wife?

If you’re a fan of famed Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, you know that there are a number of musical references throughout his body of work. As a musician and devoted Murakami aficionado, Kim has woven these references together to develop the Murakami Music Project, a series of multi-disciplinary presentations in collaboration with actress Laura Yumi Snell.

Directed by Kira Simring, Artistic Director of the cell theatre, where Kim is Artist-in-Residence, the Murakami Music Project has had three performances to date, each evolving into more sophisticated tributes to both Murakami and the wide range of music found in his narratives. A combination of readings of Murakami’s works by Snell and a concert of the author’s musical references by Kim, Murakami Music is a genre-defying afternoon of literary and musical entertainment.

If you know the answers this week’s trivia questions, send them to by noon on Friday, November 8. We’ll conduct a random drawing from the correct answers later that day. Two lucky winners will receive a pair of tickets each to attend the Murakami Music Project on November 10 at Symphony Space.

Good luck!