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Maria Rita's musical journey comes full circle
Maria Rita's musical journey comes full circle

When children of famous parents succeed, they're not infrequently suspected of taking shortcuts or gaining special favors. To Maria Rita, it seemed at times that the opposite was true. "People got really aggressive when I started to sing professionally," says Rita, who'll perform on Valentine's night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, speaking by phone from a Chicago tour stop. "It wasn't the majority of the people, but that was the feeling that was there — 'Who does she think she is?'" The quick answer is that the Brazilian singer is a multiple Latin Grammy Award-winning artist who caresses songs with playful intelligence and an unhurried, blues-infused soprano. She also happens to be the...