Freedom Hall Presents Two of Hearts with Benjamin Utecht and Anne Cochran
NFL Super Bowl XLI Champion, Benjamin Utecht Teams Up With Cochran
Powerhouse vocalists Benjamin Utecht and Anne Cochran are teaming up to perform songs from their romantic collection Two of Hearts: Cherished Love Song Duets at Freedom Hall on February 3 at 11 a.m. in Park Forest. Utecht, the NFL Super Bowl XLI Champion with the Indianapolis Colts, is now pursuing his dream of sharing his extraordinary vocal talent with the rest of the world while Cochran continues to power her way through a successful music career as the lead touring vocalist with Jim Brickman.
Their flawless partnership celebrates this album, which was released in 2013. Two of Hearts: Cherished Love Song Duets features 12 all-time favorite love songs, from beloved standards such as “Unforgettable” and “When I Fall in Love” to contemporary classics including “My Heart Will Go On” and “I Will Always Love You.” Utecht and Cochran’s refreshing renditions of these songs will melt listeners’ hearts, bringing pure bliss and delight to audiences everywhere.
Benjamin Utecht, a native of Hastings, MN, grew up with both football and music captivating his life. From dabbling in football as a child to becoming a 4-year starter for the University of Minnesota, he had established a professional career in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals as a starting tight end. With a Super Bowl win under his belt, Utecht is a familiar name to all football fans, and now, he’s moving on to conquer the entertainment world.
Blessed with a commanding voice, Utecht began singing publicly in the fifth grade and had joined several choirs and churches throughout his youth. Performing the National Anthem on collegiate and professional platforms allowed larger crowds to recognize his talent, singing at the sold-out Cincinnati Reds home opener of 2010 and also accepting the opportunity to sing in front of President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush at a political rally.
Utecht is very passionate about his music, which is full of depth and soul. His songs express true honesty and sensitivity, writing from personal experience, connecting with audiences on a very real level. He launched a self-titled debut album with Stylos Records in 2009 and a holiday CD Christmas Hope in 2011. Utecht had also performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the conduction of Erich Kunzel, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with gospel music legend, Sandi Patty, and most recently as a guest on Jim Brickman’s tour.
About Anne Cochran
Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Anne Cochran has established herself in the music industry through numerous solo albums (Thinking of You, Lucky Girl, Cover Girl, This is the Season, Close to Me, Christmas Wish) and accompanying Brickman on several recordings, TV specials, and live appearances on tour. Brickman and Cochran had a Top 5 Adult Contemporary hit single “After All These Years” in 1998.
Throughout her career, Cochran has shared many memorable duets with renowned artists such as Donny Osmond, Michael Feinstein, Michael Bolton, Wayne Brady, Linda Edder, Tracy Silverman, Collin Raye, Dave Koz, Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, Broadway’s Mike Eldred, Jeff Timmons, Kristy Starling, Orlagh Fallon, Richie McDonald and Mark Masri. She has also performed for Stars On Ice at Madison Square Garden and Gund Arena, NBC’s A Golden Moment, and has performed with numerous symphony and pops orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Louisville, Kansas City, Hartford, Cincinnati, Nashville, Columbus.
Tickets to Two of Hearts are $13 and may be purchased at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, or call the box office at 708-747-0580.