Three Waltzes was commissioned last year by the Friends of Today’s Music of the Music Teacher’s Association of California. The pieces are written for the skill level of an advanced high school pianist. As such, the score expertly balances technicality and accessibility. In Three Waltzes, Aldridge brings influences from Strauss to Fats Waller, high contrast, and a refreshingly new approach to bear on an old-fashioned form. Aldridge’s new work will be premiered on July 3rd, 2011 in Oakland, California by a student pianist.