A very informative article, especially given your space constraints.
I think that classical music is so very underappreciated nowadays, and I think that this is in part because of elitism on the part of those who listen to it.
Have you ever considered how expensive classical music tickets are?
No wonder people avoid going to symphonies and the like -- they're just too pricy.
Classical music definitely doesn't deserve the flak it gets for being boring though. If people would actually get some classical music, and listen to it with an open mind, they might see that it's actually very passionate.
And I'm not talking about those old classical music songs that everybody has to sit through in their elementary school music class.
I'm saying, bring on the Bartok, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff -- the really interesting classical music recordings, and then maybe people would get over the idea of classical music being elitist and boring and actually enjoy a great cultural heritage.