NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Inside the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, recorded music is accompanying the performances of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and the musicians union is not happy.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Story

They gathered people to protest outside the opening night performance on Tuesday.

Tino Gagliardi, president of the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 says people are paying a lot of money to see the shows.

“This is Lincoln Center. It’s one thing if it’s some theater somewhere throughout the city, but people come to Lincoln Center, they expect a certain standard,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond. “Look what we have here – the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera House. It should not be happening here. I don’t think New York City audiences deserve it, quite frankly.”

The executive director of the dance company says they wanted to have live music, but they just couldn’t afford it.

“Is this a bad time to be a musician in New York City?” asked Diamond.

“It is. It certainly is,” answered John Taylor, who once played trombone for the troop.

The next performance is at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and the company’s run at Lincoln Center continues through Tuesday, March 27.

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