On my latest visit to Livadia I gave its Organ Hall concert a miss. I’m a big fan of organ music and a regular concert visitor, so can’t help but having very high demands. And the Livadia performances I’ve been to before were sadly below them. They could be okay for the relaxed vacationers, but will most probably disappoint the true melomaniacs with high expectations.
But the price is so petty (by western standards) that it might be worth going for the pastime if nothing else. And it’s not far from Livadia Palace, which is a must-see in the Great Yalta.
The Organ Hall building is also of a certain interest. It was originally erected at a time with the Tsar palace to serve as its electric power station. In the Soviet times was turned into a canteen-club of a health resort. During the Crimean (Yalta) Conference of 1945 was again working as a power station. Later was used a camp for German prisoners of war, and before a certain period of devastation housed workshops and warehouses. Finally, since 1998 it was re-opened as the Livadia Organ Hall. It is particularly notable for its organ being created by a local master.More