wednesday， 2∶00 p. m.
my dear parents，
the worst is behind us！that was last night's organ concert and the lecture preceding it.quite frankly i was somewhat worried about this lecture since i am not used to giving long talks in french… and the hall is enormous： three thousand people. but to my amazement i discovered that i felt as much at home in french as i do in german，and that it was easier for me to speak loudly andclearlyin frenchthan in german！istood there without a manuscript， and within three minutes i sensed thati had captured my audience more surely than i had ever done before. i spoke forfifty-five minutes， and next came an organ recital that lasted for one hour. i have never been sosuccessful.when the program ended， they allremained in their seats： i had to go back to myorgan and play for another half hour； the audiencewas sorryto leave… it was half-past midnight！
here， the concerts are announced for 9∶15，but at that time there's not a soul in the auditorium；toward 9∶30 the first few peoplearrive， strolling about in the hall and the lobby，and toward ten o'clock， after three rings of a bell，the people deign to finally take their seats！
on saturday， a grand concert with organ andorchestra is scheduled in the morning， and i have long rehearsals in the evening， for the organ isvery difficult to play since the sound is always delayed. luckily. i am well rested， and i am managing to overcome the difficulties. absolutely everyone addresses me as“chèr ma re”；the artcritics settle down in the auditorium during rehearsals； my portrait is displayed in the musicstores. it's such fun.