Erin Blasko | February 13, 2018
Musician and composer Alex Mansour’s latest work is an exercise in subtlety.
A junior at the University of Notre Dame, his score for “Sorin: A Notre Dame Story,” the one-man play about University founder Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., slowly materializes at key moments in the 90-minute play before quickly dissolving — like a phantom mist.
It’s a departure from his previous work for the University and evidence of his versatility as a multi-talented musician — in additional to classical cello, he plays jazz piano and guitar — and composer.
Both his theme for “Boldly Notre Dame,” the University’s capital campaign, and his work for the new video board at Notre Dame Stadium reference “The Notre Dame Victory March" to sentimental and dramatic effect, respectively.
The latter, marked by triumphant drums and horns, accompanies a regular highlight reel that plays before the start of the each home game.
But his work for “Sorin” is effective precisely because it is subtle.
Never ostentatious, the score quietly complements actor and Notre Dame alumnus Matthew Goodrich’s sturdy portrayal of the French-born Father Sorin, a man of great vision whose passion for his work often vexed his more conservative superiors.
The score also belies Mansour’s status as a relative beginner in the world of theater music — despite years of experience scoring student and independent films.