Kepler at 450: An Interdisciplinary Celebration

November 17 and 18, 2021
Combination of three images including paining of 15th century bearded white man holding a compass and wearing a ruff; part of a musical sheet with notes, and 15th century drawing of a scientific instrument

This event celebrates the interdisciplinary legacy of Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) on the 450th anniversary of his birth.  It also celebrates KSL Special Collections' acquisition of the 1621 edition of his Mysterium Cosmographicum on the 400th anniversary of its publication.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
7:30 PM
OPENING CONCERT AT HARKNESS CHAPEL - ACROSS THE ALPS
11200 Bellflower Road

Join Guest Artist Bruce Dickey and distinguished members of the CWRU Historical Performance Program on a musical journey across the Alps combining celestial harmony with Italian passion through works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Giovan Paolo Cima, Gioseffo Guami, etc.

Thursday, November 18, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
CONFERENCE AT KELVIN SMITH LIBRARY
11055 Euclid Avenue

Featuring: Jesse Berezovsky (Physics); William Claspy (KSL Special Collections); Chris Haufe (Philosophy); Harsh Mathur (Physics); Stacy McGaugh (Astronomy); and Aviva Rothman (History)

Thursday, November 18, 2021
7:30 PM
CLOSING CONCERT AT MALTZ PERFORMING ARTS CENTER - NATURE'S SECRET WHISPERINGS
1855 Ansel Road

“Nature’s Secret Whisperings” featuring guest artist Bruce Dickey, world-renowned cornettist and director of Concerto Palatino, and the CWRU Collegium, Early Music Singers, Baroque Vocal Ensembles, and Baroque Chamber Ensembles, with celestial works for choirs of voices and instruments by Orlando di Lasso, Annibale Perini, Erasmus Widmann, Lambert de Sayve, Andrea Gabrieli, and Michael Praetorius.

There will be a pre-concert lecture by Bruce Dickey at the Maltz Performing Arts Center at 6:30 PM.

Register HERE to receive links to view the events remotely.

Register below to attend in-person. Masks are required and attendees must be fully vaccinated.

  • Click HERE to attend the opening concert, Across the Alps.
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This event is co-sponsored by Kelvin Smith Library and the CWRU Departments of History and Music.


Increasing COVID-19 cases within Northeast Ohio have prompted Case Western Reserve to resume its requirement that masks be worn indoors. In addition, only those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose) should attend any campus event. Leaders continue to monitor pandemic developments and may need to adjust health protocols further as circumstances warrant. In-person is subject to change based on COVID-19 guidelines.